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Committee on Public Safety: 20-year Analysis

A 20-year analysis of agenda items from Chicago's Committee on Public Safety reveals a lack of oversight and regulation of police.

“Subtle but Pervasive Problem” of the Absence of News

On today’s pod we focus on the problem of the absence of news and how humans fill that hole with their beliefs rather than facts. We dive deep in to these issues with Professor Sandy Goldberg from Northwestern University’s Department of Philosophy. Goldberg recently authored an opinion editorial in the Chicago Tribune focused on the […]

Joe Ferguson on Justice & Corruption in Chicago

On today’s pod we sit down with former Inspector General for the City of Chicago, Joe Ferguson. We discuss a wide range of topics from the city’s failure to release investigative reports generated by his former office to city council corruption to why there is not a single Inspector General Office with oversight over all […]

Chicago's Anti-Violence Efforts Overblown

On today’s pod we take a look at recent reporting by the Better Government Association that focuses on the city’s Anti-violence efforts and the inability of leadership to detail specific steps they have taken to reduce gun violence. This inability to detail their anti-violence efforts hasn’t stopped leadership from claiming those mysterious efforts have had […]

Did Youth Drive Crime Increase in 2020?

As crime & violence increased in many cities in America as the pandemic took hold in 2020 the media coalesced around a narrative that the increase was driven mostly by an increase in youth offending. This narrative about youth offending seemed to fit the circumstances as the pandemic got worse schools shut down and there […]

Discussion with Inspector General Witzburg

Today we feature a discussion with newly appointed Chicago Inspector General Deborah Witzburg. Witzburg previously held a variety of positions within the office including most recently being the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety. It is in this role she was able to drive the activities of the office and have the office start actually […]

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.