Coordinated CPD Media Strategy

On May 15th several mainstream media outlets each published their own interview with CPD Superintendent David Brown in what can only be the result of a coordinated media strategy from the Department. When you review what was published by the various outlets they each make readers / viewers believe the interview was obtained through their Read more about Coordinated CPD Media Strategy[…]

Tribune's Bail

Tribune’s Bail Story – a Weak Use of Data

The Chicago Tribune’s bail story is a classic example of why academic research methods and so superior to the quantitative research methods used by journalists covering criminal justice issues. This video is from our YouTube channel Quick Hits playlist were you will find brief videos on CJP’s insights on justice system policy and practices and Read more about Tribune’s Bail Story – a Weak Use of Data[…]


When a Trend is Nothing More Than Chance

The epitome of bad data use is when journalists uncover what they believe is a trend in Chicaogs gun violence and then refuse to accept facts that prove it is nothing more than random chance. It is a very common issue in Chicago journalism especially in the coverage of crime and violence. Of course random Read more about When a Trend is Nothing More Than Chance[…]

FOP Watch: Chicago Tribune’s Boudreau coverage fuels tension of anti-police narrative

FOP officials directly call out Megan Crepeau and Eric Zorn, maintaining that Crepeau “whitewashes powerful evidence the Chicago Tribune falsely claimed, as part of their anti-police efforts, Chicago Police officers coerced confessions from accused killers.” The blog post was written in response to Crepeau’s latest coverage of Judge Leroy Martin rejecting an amicus brief by Read more about FOP Watch: Chicago Tribune’s Boudreau coverage fuels tension of anti-police narrative[…]

Fact Checking Bill Daley’s Violence Solution

Everyone seems to have a solution to Chicago’s violence these days, despite not much familiarity with the issues beyond the headlines and certainly beyond academia’s leading research. The latest entrant: Banking magnate and former U.S Commerce Secretary Bill Daley. He authored an OpEd in the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday March 1. Let’s fact-check Daley’s letter Read more about Fact Checking Bill Daley’s Violence Solution[…]

Chaney's Cave

Violence Solution Written From Cheney’s Cave

The following notion should scare the hell out of every Chicagoan. Mayor Emanuel is going to put the same effort he put in to “fixing” Chicago’s financial problems in to fixing Chicago’s violence problems!  I would give you all three guesses which news outlet in Chicago had a columnist that wrote a column suggesting just Read more about Violence Solution Written From Cheney’s Cave[…]

National Guard

National Guard Manning Road Blocks

Never let it be said that Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass cannot find the best ways to exploit the tragedy of a murdered child for a chance to unleash an ideologically driven hate-filled tirade about “bringing in the National Guard”. You have to pay close attention to his rhetoric because there is always a surprise Read more about National Guard Manning Road Blocks[…]


Gorner Really Worried About Police Morale

For some reason unknown to me Jeremy Gorner seems really worried about the morale of the rank and file Chicago Police officer. On Friday he published his latest article on the topic titled “Police: Morale still low, emboldening criminals and contributing to violence”. The only thing that is really clear in the article is neither Read more about Gorner Really Worried About Police Morale[…]


Tribune’s Servin Editorial

It is not often that I agree with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board but clearly they are correct in this case – Dante Servin  does not deserve for his application for disability to be approved. The reality is as is stated in the editorial that Servin didn’t need to engage that situation and did not Read more about Tribune’s Servin Editorial[…]

Violene Against Women Event Invitation

Documenting Violence Against Women: Justice Begins with Truth

Join Steve Edwards, from the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago, as he moderates a discussion among journalists, advocates for survivors, and criminal justice leaders, for a discussion about violence against women, its news coverage, and the potential for increased data access to impact the public discussion. This event is Sold Out! The Read more about Documenting Violence Against Women: Justice Begins with Truth[…]