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FOIA: Crime Lab Staffing Analysis for CPD

Chicago Police Department

The Great Myth About Policing Plaguing Chicago

Chicago Police Department

Catanzara Resigns Before Being Fired

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A justice system that is transparent and evidence-based leads to better outcomes for all. We’re striving to force transparency in the City of Chicago and Cook County in order to create safer and better-informed communities.

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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. Tens of thousands of city and county residents come into 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 data these agencies create.

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 connecting data 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 implements best practices from around the country and evidence-based decision making will serve their communities the best.

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FOIA: Crime Lab Staffing Analysis for CPD

The Crime Lab at the University of Chicago has allegedly produced a staffing analysis for the Chicago Police Department. The work according the reporting in the Sun-Times was done pro-bono by the Crime Lab. This has the potential to be a very significant development for a police force that has

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Great Myth

The Great Myth About Policing Plaguing Chicago

The great myth will not allow Chicago to free itself from repeating past mistakes when it comes to responding to crime & violence. The true impact that policing has on these phenomena are very hard to ascertain even by the most skilled researchers in the field. The reality is that

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Catanzara Resigns Before Being Fired

Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara has officially resigned from the Chicago Police Department after his recent hearing in front of the Chicago Police Board demonstrated he was going to fired. Despite this being extremely good news as Chicago is much better off without this man having the authority

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Chicago Justice Podcast

This is our Chicago Justice Podcast that covers crime, violence, and justice issues in Chicago. We will feature deep dives in to justice system data, interview with researchers and justice system reform advocates, as well as evaluations of justice system practices.