Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority FOIA

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority plays a unique role in the State of Illinois. It manages federal grant money and also facilitates some research on criminal justice issues in the State. Oddly enough the Authority’s leader was extremely against our Sexual Assault Task Force. He had to be pushed to attend a meeting by the co-chairs and then after committing to staying the entire time left after maybe a half hour. How he, given the position he was in, was against studying the response to sexual assault from the Chicago and Cook County justice system is beyond us. But that fact alone should tell you about the role politics plays in justice research in Chicago.

Here is the Freedom of Information Act request we filed on June 27, 2017 with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority seeking records related to justice data they maintain from Chicago & Cook County justice agencies.

Please provide the following records in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
A.  Records that detail the contents of any data sets maintained or possessed by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority that contain data that was originally created by any of the following justice agencies or data that pertains directly to the operations of of these agencies:
    1. Office of Emergency Management & Communications
    2. Chicago Police Department
    3. Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
    4. Circuit Court of Cook County
    5. Cook County Jail
    6. Cook County Sheriff’s Office
Please fulfill this request in the 5 days allotted by Illinois Law. Please direct all correspondence regarding this FOIA request to this email address. If you have any questions regarding this request please do not hesitate to reach out to me at this email address with your questions.
The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority plays a unique role in the State of Illinois. It manages federal grant money and also facilitates some research on criminal justice issues in the State.

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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