appellate

CJP’s Executive Director Tracy Siska’s Statement on Illinois 4th District Appellate Court Decision

The ruling in Gekas v. Williamson, 04-08-0733, greatly expands the public’s ability to validate the processes used by police departments to investigate citizen complaints.  On July 20th, Appellate Judge Thomas R. Appleton speaking for the three-judge panel, correctly stated that there is a significant public interest in maintaining the ability to validate the appropriateness of Read more about CJP’s Executive Director Tracy Siska’s Statement on Illinois 4th District Appellate Court Decision[…]

Agency

To Evaluate an Agency within the System You Must Examine all the Agencies

There is a presumption by the citizens of Chicago that when the Chicago Police arrest an individual and the complainant follows through with their role that charges, prosecution, and hopefully convictions are soon to follow.  The reality is this impression is nothing more than an impression and that access to data that could be used Read more about To Evaluate an Agency within the System You Must Examine all the Agencies[…]

justice

To Evaluate an Agency within the System You Must Examine all the Agencies.

There is a presumption by the citizens of Chicago that when the Chicago Police arrest an individual and the complainant follows through with their role that charges, prosecution, and hopefully convictions are soon to follow.  The reality is this impression is nothing more than an impression and that access to data that could be used Read more about To Evaluate an Agency within the System You Must Examine all the Agencies.[…]

neighborhood

4 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Chicago, Maybe Not?

On Tuesday June 23rd the Chicago Sun Times ran a story titled “The Second Most Dangerous Neighborhood in America”. The story detailed a list of the 25 most violent neighborhoods in America. The City of Chicago had the privilege of having 4 neighborhoods, the most of any city, on the list. The only problem with Read more about 4 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Chicago, Maybe Not?[…]

Homicide Data

Homicide Reductions = Violence Reductions = CPD Doing a Better Job?

“Good News on Crime” was the headline for an article from the Chicago Sun Times on Saturday July 4th.  The article talks about the dramatic drop in homicides, 12.7%, from 2008.  The article also lists that crime overall has dropped 10.4 %.  This article makes three fatal flaws.  First, the article makes the incorrect assumption Read more about Homicide Reductions = Violence Reductions = CPD Doing a Better Job?[…]