Weekend

Analysis of Weekend Gun Violence Coverage

    This past weekend, from February 26 to March 1, was the most deadly weekend this month in Chicago. Fox Chicago reported that 27 people were shot between 5pm on Friday and 5am on Monday. Five of these 27 people died. Similarly to last weekend, Fox Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times, and CBS Local published tallies Read more about Analysis of Weekend Gun Violence Coverage[…]

Spielman

Double Dose of Bad Spielman

In today’s show we discuss two really bad articles from Fran Spielman and the propaganda coming from Superintendent David Brown’s YouTube series. Spielman is known through our Chicago as a reporter that is seeking nothing but sensational headlines and salacious quotes that can make headlines. We discuss two recent articles from her covering Alderman Beale’s Read more about Double Dose of Bad Spielman[…]

Gun Violence

Recap of Weekend Gun Violence Coverage

For this past weekend, Chicago Justice Project compared the media coverage of gun violence in Chicago by the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, ABC Local, CBS Local, Fox Chicago, NBC Local, and WGN TV. The coverage from this weekend was also compared to that of past weekends to identify any differences or inconsistencies.      Similarly Read more about Recap of Weekend Gun Violence Coverage[…]

Bail Reform

Bail Reform – An Empirical Analysis of Impact

Bail reform is a very hot topic in Cook County despite the fact that there have been very few facts driving the discussion. Bail was created to assure that people show up for court proceedings after being charged with a crime. The thought was that forcing people to put up a some of cash would Read more about Bail Reform – An Empirical Analysis of Impact[…]

Gun Violence

Analysis of Weekend Gun Violence Coverage

In Chicago, gun violence is a significant local issue and so it receives abundant focus from the media. However, coverage of gun violence in Chicago by local news outlets is inconsistent. In order to pinpoint inconsistencies, Chicago Justice Project compared the coverage of gun violence over this past weekend from seven outlets that cover local Read more about Analysis of Weekend Gun Violence Coverage[…]

Sexual Violence

Sexual Violence in Chicago

Sexual violence in Chicago is a significantly under-covered crime in Chicago and is only really covered if the media can exploit and sensationalize the event. Today we chat with Executive Director Erin Walton and Director of Programs and Policy Sarah Layden from Resilience. Our discussion covers defining what exactly is sexual violence, how often it Read more about Sexual Violence in Chicago[…]

SAO

SAO FOIA Suit Updates

In October of 2020 the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) forced CJP to file suit for a second time in 6 years because the they refuse to honor their obligations under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Our original suit was filed under the final years of former Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Read more about SAO FOIA Suit Updates[…]

SAO

SAO Non-Disclosure Agreements – FOIA

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) has clearly demonstrated an inability to be trusted to faithfully and legally respond to requests under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. We know this because we just filed our second lawsuit against the SAO for these very reasons. In this request are seeking to determine what researchers Read more about SAO Non-Disclosure Agreements – FOIA[…]

Affidavit

Affidavit Overrule in CPD Disciplinary Investigations

The affidavit override rule function within the police accountability system should have been a very powerful tool to help leaders bring in real accountability. A recent report released by the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety (DPSIG) documents that the power was rarely if ever used for many years despite evidence being contained in investigative Read more about Affidavit Overrule in CPD Disciplinary Investigations[…]

Decision

FOIA: Chicago Police Board Decision

CJP was alerted by a supporter that a decision from a 2011 Chicago Police Board (Board) case was missing from our Chicago Police Board Information Center. This FOIA was filed to correct that issue. When you review the dates between the filing date and the date our request was fulfilled by the Board with them Read more about FOIA: Chicago Police Board Decision[…]