We work to open data across Chicago & Cook County justice system through our “systemic approach” to transparency. View data we’ve opened from the Chicago Police Board.
We link data across agencies to greatly increase the power of our research and make it accessible for all.
We then open that data using state of the art websites to assist communities as they advocate for change.
The problem and our solution
The Problem: The Chicago & Cook County justice system is the 2nd largest in the United States spanning across both city and county government with budgets totaling in the billions of dollars each year. The lives of tens of thousands of city and county residents come in to contact with the system every year. Despite the vital position this system holds in our lives the ability of stakeholders, policymakers, and communities to understand and validate the practices of our justice agencies is limited by restrictive policies on the access to the data the agencies create every day.
Our Solution: The Chicago Justice Project focuses exclusively on opening big data from across the Chicago & Cook County justice system using our systemic approach to transparency. We believe that data connected across agency and political boundaries will greatly increase what we can learn about how our justice system operates and in turn heighten our ability to use the data to educate and empower stakeholders, communities, and policymakers to engage the justice system. We believe a justice system that is dedicated to implementing best practices from around the country and evidence based decision making will serve their communities the best.
On Wednesday July 25 32nd ward Alderman Scott Waguespack introduced our Police Settlement Transparency and Accountability Ordinance. This ordinance is a giant step forward in 3 major areas: 1. It provides our City Council with wide-ranging information about civil litigation settlements and judgements stemming from police misconduct litigation. Alderman will no longer be pressured to vote Read more about Police Settlement Transparency and Accountability Ordinance[…]
Here is the content of our latest FOIA requesting data on part 1 index crimes from the Chicago Police Department because they still have refused to publish annual reports for the years 2011-2016. If they respond the same way they have been responding to our FOIAs it is a very good chance this FOIA will Read more about Chicago Police Department FOIA Index Crimes[…]
On Tuesday, May 22nd the Chicago Justice Project filed took their transparency fight to court by filing a 10 complaint in state court against the Chicago Police Department for widespread violations of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. The complaint details a pattern by the Department of either completely ignoring requests or only providing minimal Read more about CJP Takes Transparency Fight Against CPD to Court[…]
This is the first request filed as part of our 2018 FOIA Campaign. Our target for this year’s campaign is the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office staffs and administers Cook County Jail, guards the courts throughout Cook County, runs the Sheriff’s Police. There is far too little information about the daily operations of Read more about Cook County Sheriff FOIA Number One[…]
This FOIA request is one of the last requests that we will be filing as part of our 2017 FOIA Campaign. Please provide the following records in machine readable digital format in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. A. Provide all data related to complaints against officers received by Interal Affairs Division and Read more about CPD Internal Affairs FOIA[…]
Cook County Sheffi’ 2018 FOIA Campaign Target
Here is the content of our most recent FOIA submitted to the Chicago Police Department. This one is going after emails to and from Superintendent Johnson regarding his announcement in September 2016 to hire 1,000 additional officers for the Chicago Police Department. We will post updates as we get them. Please provide in unlocked digital Read more about CPD FOIA for emails regarding hiring of 1000 more officers[…]
By JONATHAN BALLEW CHICAGO — The Committee on Public Safety met at city hall Friday to consider Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s desired appointment of Andrea Zopp to the Chicago Police Board. While the city met the established guidelines of releasing information about the meeting 48 hours prior, members of the public voiced their concerns that the Read more about Rushed meeting to appoint Andrea Zopp to Chicago Police Board pushed until Monday.[…]
BREAKING: Andrea Zopp is set to be named the newest member of the Chicago Police Board on Friday, pending a City Council meeting. The document obtained by The Chicago Justice Project on Wednesday appears to confirm a Nov. 17 meeting at 9:45 a.m. The meeting will take place in Room 201A, second floor of City Read more about Andrea Zopp could be added to The Chicago Police Board by Friday Nov. 17[…]
By JONATHAN BALLEW CHICAGO — Just months after its inception, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) is already severely handicapped. With a budget that is over $1 million short, a chief administrator vacancy, and a huge backlog of cases, COPA is facing an uphill battle. Mayor Rahm Emanuel named 18 individuals to be added Read more about Controversy surrounds COPA: Mayor Emanuel shirks accountability, taking matters into his own hands[…]