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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Felony Sex Crime Case Processing: Report, Analysis, & Recommendations

Examining how the numbers the agencies in Chicago release related to felony sex crime cases are created, what do they really mean, and what is hidden behind those numbers. Criminal justice agencies play a very important role in assisting communities in securing their neighborhoods from crime and violence. The basis for how successful these agencies Read more about Felony Sex Crime Case Processing: Report, Analysis, & Recommendations[…]

media

Chicago Media on the Violence in Chicago

It would be nice if the media did their jobs to separate fact from fiction and urban myth.  One thing the Chicago media is very good at is being an echo chamber for accusations and rumor rather than taking that material in and comparing it to the facts to see if there is any validity Read more about Chicago Media on the Violence in Chicago[…]

data

Raises, Cuts — we need data!

Do prosecutors really deserve the pay raise Cook County State’s Attorney Dick Devine claims they do? Or should they be burdened with the budget cuts Cook County Board President Todd Stroger demands of the office? Decisions are made on a daily basis that burden the system with no tangible results for public safety, unless repressing Read more about Raises, Cuts — we need data![…]