New FOIA Verifying SAO Practices

On Tuesday March 7, 2017 the Chicago Justice Project filed the following request for records under Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO). Unfortunately our FOIA lawsuit has dragged on for over a year now and despite the promise of Kim Foxx taking the office in December we have seen no difference in the persistent stalling tactics from the office. We have decided to look in to what effort is put in within the office before the FOIA officer just responds that the FOIA they have received is overly burdensome. We will keep you updated on the response we get.

Content of FOIA Request:

Request for records under Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act. Please supply copies of the following records:

1. Based on our 04-12-10 request – Exhibit A in our lawsuit
Your response to our FOIA request dated 4-12-10 stated that it was overly burdensome to respond to the request. Please provide copies of all documents showing, evidencing, or referring to the investigation into and/or documenting the burden of answering our FOIA request dated 4-12-10 that sought data related to sexual assault prosecutions. A full response will include any documents (including email) to or from Mr. Paul Castiglione in which he requests an investigation of the level of burden to answer the FOIA, receives an answer or estimate of the burden to answer our FOIA, or investigates or estimates the burden of answering the FOIA himself.

2. Based on our 05-04-15 request – Exhibit J in our lawsuit
Your response to our FOIA request dated 5-4-15 stated that it was overly burdensome to respond to the request. Please provide copies of all documents showing, evidencing, or referring to the investigation into and/or documenting the burden of answering FOIA request dated 5-4-15 that sought data related the SAO response to FOIAs. A full response will include any documents (including email) to or from Mr. Paul Castiglione in which he requests an investigation of the level of burden to answer the FOIA, receives an answer or estimate of the burden to answer our FOIA, or investigates or estimates the burden of answering the FOIA himself.

3. Based on our 05-28-15 request – Exhibit L in our lawsuit
Your response to our FOIA request dated 5-4-15 stated that it was overly burdensome to respond to the request. Please provide copies of all documents showing, evidencing, or referring to the investigation into and/or documenting the burden of answering our FOIA request dated 5-4-15 that sought data related to felony prosecutions for the year 2013. A full response will include any documents (including email) to or from Mr. Paul Castiglione in which he requests an investigation of the level of burden to answer the FOIA, receives an answer or estimate of the burden to answer our FOIA, or investigates or estimates the burden of answering the FOIA himself.

4. Based on our 07-07-15 request – Exhibit N in our lawsuit
Your response to our FOIA request dated 7-7-15 stated that it was overly burdensome to respond to the request. Please provide copies of all documents showing, evidencing, or referring to the investigation into and/or documenting the burden of answering our FOIA request dated 7-7-15 that sought data related to felony review case for the year 2013. A full response will include any documents (including email) to or from Mr. Paul Castiglione in which he requests an investigation of the level of burden to answer the FOIA, receives an answer or estimate of the burden to answer our FOIA, or investigates or estimates the burden of answering the FOIA himself.

Please fulfill this FOIA request in accordance with Illinois law that allows five working days to fulfill requests.

Please contact me with any questions you might have.

Thanks,

Tracy Siska

 

 

Tracy has nearly two decades of experience researching and working within criminal justice systems. When Tracy began pursuing a career dedicate to system reform, he found that no single organization existed to promote evidence-based discussions among law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Recognizing that citizens in Chicago deserved the right to demand transparency in their criminal justice system, Siska established the Chicago Justice Project. He received his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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