Cook County Court

FOIA: Cook County Bureau of Finance

This FOIA to the Cook County Bureau of Finance is CJP’s response to the assertions made by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO). In our ongoing multi-year battle to open up the SAO’s data they have informed us that they don’t possess a data dictionary for their Elite Crimes Case Management System they purchased Read more about FOIA: Cook County Bureau of Finance[…]

Felony

FOIA: SAO 90s & 2000s Felony Data

This FOIA is seeking primarily felony prosecution data from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO). Our campaign to open the SAO started with CJP filing a number of FOIAs with the agency over the course of a single year and after a series of denials ended up with us suing the Office and its Read more about FOIA: SAO 90s & 2000s Felony Data[…]

bail reform

Bail Not Designed as Punishment

What is the purpose of bail? I ask because, aside from the Jussie Smollett spectacle, bail reform is the key issue in the race for Cook County State’s Attorney, a race featuring Kim Foxx, a leader in national bail reform, trying to fend of three challengers in this week’s democratic primary. It’s a question worth Read more about Bail Not Designed as Punishment[…]

Alternative Media

Alternative Media – Same Bad Reporting

The idea behind the need for alternative media is that the alternative is supposed to be better than the regular. In Chicago when it comes to crime reporting, which is all the rage now, nobody does more of it than the Crime in Wriglyville and Boystown Blogish thing now going by CWB Chicago. If you Read more about Alternative Media – Same Bad Reporting[…]

50 Years

FOP Watch: 33 months of Foxx Cause 50 Years of Gun Violence

It turns out Kim Foxx’s 33 months in office have caused the last 50 years of gun violence in Chicago. Needless to say this is not an evidence based analysis but it one pushed by the FOP on a recent segment on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom show. They segment was seeking to cover the Mayor Read more about FOP Watch: 33 months of Foxx Cause 50 Years of Gun Violence[…]

Echo Chamber

FOP Watch: Echo Chamber

When all the voices you trust are locked within the same echo chamber it becomes very easy to think that facts and evidence are not integral elements of an argument. This is one of the reasons why the FOP’s arguments on social media and their blogs are lacking in evidence to support their conspiracy theories. Read more about FOP Watch: Echo Chamber[…]

Data Dictionary

SAO FOIA: Their Data Dictionary

This FOIA request targets the data dictionary from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as part of our ongoing advocacy to open their data. As part of our litigation settlement the SAO did provide us with partial data for 7 years of felony case level prosecution data including data on their secretive felony review practices.  But they Read more about SAO FOIA: Their Data Dictionary[…]

More Opinion Worth Lot Less Than She Thinks

Once again, we have a self-declared expert on Chicago’s violence. This time it is gaming industry attorney and former candidate for Cook County State’s Attorney Donna More. She authored an OpEd in the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday March 8 that jumps on the bandwagon to support another equally uninformed opinion, that of Bob Milan. More’s Read more about More Opinion Worth Lot Less Than She Thinks[…]

data

New FOIA Verifying SAO Practices

On Tuesday March 7, 2017 the Chicago Justice Project filed the following request for records under Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO). Unfortunately our FOIA lawsuit has dragged on for over a year now and despite the promise of Kim Foxx taking the office in December we have Read more about New FOIA Verifying SAO Practices[…]

Garry Mccarthy

Why we are suing the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

Today, the Chicago Justice Project—a 9-year-old nonprofit with the mission of increasing transparency in Chicago and Cook County justice systems—filed a complaint in Cook County Circuit Court (2016-01-29 Chicago Justice Project_s First Amended Complaint) against Anita Alvarez and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for repeatedly refusing to fulfill their obligations under the Illinois Freedom Read more about Why we are suing the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office[…]