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.
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
Chicago is obviously the number one city in many different categories but none so important as pure political hypocrisy. Amidst the release of the report from the federal civil rights pattern and practice investigation into the Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson can still muster the courage to stand in front of the media and[…]
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[…]
Despite all the evidence to the contrary on their lack of effectiveness the Chicago Tribune continues its drum beat of support increasing the length of gun laws in Illinois. The editorial itself is authored in such a matter that it makes you think that stiffening the length of the sentences has a proven track record[…]
On February 17, 2017 the Chicago Justice Project filed the following FOIA request with the Chicago Police Department: Please provide the following records in digital format under Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act: A. Please provide the database records related to domestic violence that were provide to ABC Chicago News and are reported on in this[…]
Fran Spielman, where is the list? You know real transparency is not the head of the CPD making clout related promotions available just to officers. It needs to be available to the public also. Otherwise we are reliant on journalists like you to get quotes from those opposed and against the promotions and pass that[…]
Mr. Mayor, where is your plan? The 13-month Department of Justice investigation is complete and the report is in. They lay out 99 recommendations for improving policing in Chicago. The DOJ report follows the report of your own Police Accountability Task Force with its own set of 126 recommendations. Some of those you’ve tried to[…]