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.
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[…]
We study a year of coverage of violence against women in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times to understand how closely the coverage resembles how the crimes occur in Chicago’s communities. Making sense of the violence that occurs in our communities contributes significantly to the quality of life throughout our city. The press plays[…]
With all the media coverage on the question of whether or not to hire more Chicago Police Officers, nobody has talked about the financial costs to the city. Through this issue brief, we have. All quick solutions to enduring and persistent social ills invariably have long-term consequences, not just for those experiencing the worst of[…]
Analysis of IPRA’s first four years of operations uncovers that their rate of sustaining citizen complaints against CPD officers is identical to its predecessor and also hundreds of taser investigations they are required to conduct by city ordinance are not being completed. We urge the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) to move towards releasing case-level[…]
Examining how the numbers the agencies in Chicago release related to felony sex crimes 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 will[…]
Updated analysis of Police Board decisions with additional analysis of both agenda items from the Committee on Police and Fire from 2006-2009 and litigation payouts related to police related litigation from four largest cities in America. As a follow-up to our 2009 study titled “Chicago Police Board: A Ten-Year Analysis,” CJP has analyzed Board decisions from[…]
This issue brief covering the topic of domestic violence and domestic related calls for service was completed in collaboration with the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network. A full copy of the Issue Brief is available here. Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis was quoted in May 2010 as saying that he believes the Chicago Police Department[…]
Illinois’ General Assembly quickly and quietly introduces and passes legislation to bar the public access to their government. Issue Brief published March 2010. Full version of the issue brief available here Statement from the Executive Director: State legislatures play a crucial role in determining the public’s ability to access records and data produced by their[…]