August 28, 2016

Community Listening Tour

CJP’s main goal is to serve the needs of local communities. We ensure that our efforts are grounded in community needs by conducting community based research to measure those needs.

CLT-ImagePlease assist the Chicago Justice Project (CJP) in delivering tailored information to your community from the Chicago criminal justice system.

In an effort to invigorate the collaboration between the criminal justice system and the communities they serve, we are looking to actively engage the community on issues they identify as important and then provide the community with the information necessary to address those issues. Our hope is that with this access to practical, tailored reports of data collected from the criminal justice system, which is easily understood by all members of the community, individuals will feel encouraged to engage the criminal justice system as partners.

CJP has been continuously working on learning about the information needs of communities through our community engagement efforts. In addition to our community advisory board, and our issue specific task forces, CJP has been appearing at community events and aldermanic ward meetings to talk with residents and record the types of information they want access to from the system and the format they need to have that information delivered to them.

To continue our efforts we are asking you to help us reach out to your community by allowing CJP to appear at your community event or ward meeting to learn about how we can best serve your constituents.

Contact CJP to invite us to your community or ward event here:

Or by e-mail:

We have created a 16-question survey that takes residents less than three minutes to fill out that will help us identify specific community needs. Our survey allows residents to anonymously register their answers with no identifying information asked or tracked besides community area or ward. The answers we collect will allow us to quantify community interest in each specific type of information listed in our survey, which will allow us to prioritize what types of data to make available first.

To reach out to diverse communities, the Community Survey is offered in English and Spanish versions.

CLT Results

Displayed here are our current results form our CLT. We display data from the 13 instances when CJP has spoken with local communities to measure their desires to access information from the local criminal system. We a very proud of the diversity of the participants in our efforts. These results incorporate the input from the following communities:

  • 4th Ward Meeting x 26
  • th Ward Meeting
  • 16th Ward Meeting
  • 28th Ward Meeting
  • 29th Ward Meeting x 2
  • 49th Ward Meeting
  • Organization of the North East – Youth Event
  • Organization of the North East – Community Support Advisory Council
  • ENLACE Chicago – Healing the Hood Event in Little Village
  • Cook County Commission Jesus Garcia – Block Party
  • Mayoral Tutorial

Interactive Results

We have created an interactive visualization of the results of our Community Listening Tour. If you click on a zip code that is shaded in blue you can see the results for that community to our 16 question survey. You can also select the individual question and see how the results we obtained differ by location that hosted the tour.

Our survey asks participants to mark which of the 16 pieces of information about their local criminal justice system they would like access. CJP is not advocating for any single piece of information to be made available online we are mere trying to learn from communities what they want access to.

All surveys are completed in a completely voluntary manner and are always anonymous.


  1. Police reports
  2. Arrest reports
  3. Names of offenders
  4. Names of victims
  5. Addresses of crimes
  6. Dates of trials
  7. Police Officer’s names
  8. Prosecutor’s names
  9. Judge’s names
  10. Explanations of why charges were or were not filed
  11. Numbers of total arrests made in your neighborhood
  12. Number of total crimes reported in your neighborhood
  13. Race, ethnicity, and gender of offenders
  14. Race, ethnicity and gender of victims
  15. Number of civillian complaints filed against officers
  16. What police units very operating in your community