We work to open data across Chicago & Cook County justice system through our “systemic approach” to transparency.
We link data across agencies to greatly increase the power of our research and make it accessible for all.
We then open that data using state of the art websites to assist communities as they advocate for change.
In 2012, we played a major part in securing the passage of the first Chicago police board reform in more than 60 years. Our study of 10 years’ worth of police board decisions was critical to this reform effort. Later in 2013, we published a first of its kind study of local reporting on violence against women in Chicago’s two large daily newspapers. Our results uncovered massive biases in reporting on both domestic violence & sexual assault and illustrates the mixed messages Chicagoans receive when news coverage represents these crimes in exactly the opposite way they occur in Chicago.
We’re currently working to secure 36 years’ worth of felony level court data from the Cook County Circuit Court. Our litigation in this case will once and for all open access to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s criminal prosecution data so that Chicagoans can get an accurate picture of the stat of their city.
Our ultimate goal is to connect data across the entire City of Chicago and Cook County justice system. This will greatly enhance our ability to hold justice system agencies accountable for their actions and decisions that affect the lives of everyday Chicagoans.
On September 26, 2016 the Chicago Justice Project send the following request under Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act to the Chicago Police Department. Our request seeks to propel the Chicago Police Department to produce a copy of the “top to bottom analysis” they claim to have completed and that was the basis for Mayor Emanuel’s[…]
Last week, the City of Chicago passed the most comprehensive change to the police accountability system since at least 1960, if not ever. The new ordinance created the Civilian Office for Police Accountability, a new group tasked with the investigation of civilian complaints against Chicago Police officers, overseen by the Deputy Inspector General for Public[…]
The City of Chicago’s continues to hide data about police activities 9 months after what should have been a watershed moment for justice system transparency in Chicago. Despite all the promises from the Emanuel administration about a pre- and post-McDonald shooting way of doing justice related business in the City, the Office of Emergency Management and[…]
It is nearly impossible for the CPD to institute changes to their practices if the media doesn’t change their exploitative reporting practices. The federal civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department provides a moment in time to make real change to the deep-rooted problems that have plagued policing in Chicago for over a hundred[…]
CJP 2015 FOIA Campaign: This is our fourth request under Illinois’ FOIA to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – this requests seeks data related to their felony review process. Below is the content of our fourth request for information from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) under Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act. The[…]
The following FOIA was submitted to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office via email on May 2. 2015. Please provide the following records under Illinois Freedom of Information Act: 1. All requests for records or data received by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) in accordance with Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act for the[…]
CJP is seeking access to all the digital data held by IPRA related to all complaints filed against officers for the month of January 2013. On Oct. 10, 2014 CJP filed a FOIA request with IPRA seeking all data held by IPRA related tocomplaints filed in the month of January 2013. We have spent many[…]
It turns out IPRA – the civilian police accountability organization – does not maintain control over their own data and must seek CPD assistance in accessing the data IPRA creates & stores in the CPD’s CLEAR database system. The Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) recently admitted to the Chicago Justice Project that they do not[…]
Access the 2010 Chicago Police Department’s manpower study and a collection of links for police staffing studies available online from across America. Here we provide a list of links to police manpower and staffing studies from around the United States. The jurisdictions range from small towns to large cities. If you want to read a[…]
This is our updated FOIA requesting call level data related to calls for Chicago Police service to the Office of Emergency Management & Communications Today we filed with OEMC a new request under Illinois’ FOIA law related to call level data for every call for Chicago Police service for the year of 2013. We previously[…]