The Crime and Punishment in Chicago project provides an index of data sources regarding the criminal justice system in Chicago. We aggregate sources of data, how this data is generated, how to get it, and what data is unavailable. This project is a key way we are using the Civic Works grant to use data journalism to uncover the value of data and cover the stories behind the data.
Here’s a closer look at the scope of work:
- Generate content explaining the availability of data for the following areas:
- 911 Calls for Service by Police Event Type
- Data originating from police reports
- Data regarding the decision to press charges
- Incarceration data
- Recidivism data
- Data regarding re-integration program
- On the development side:
- Create a website using the Tarbell platform in order to display content about criminal justice data.
- Work with the Smart Chicago Collaborative Civic User Testing Group to perform user testing on the website.Demonstrate the website at the OpenGov Chicago Meetup and OpenGov Hack Night.
The Chicago Justice Project is an independent, nonprofit research organization that strives to access and analyze data from criminal justice agencies to promote evidence based reforms that will better serve the justice needs of local communities. For this project, they are researching the different sources of criminal justice data and identifying gaps in the data.
You can find out more information on the Chicago Justice Project on their website.
The website is being built by FreeGeek Chicago’ Supreme Chi-Town Coding Crew. FreeGeek Chicago is a nonprofit community organization that recycles used computers and parts to provide functional computers, education, internet access and job skills training to those who want them.
Contact Kyla Williams for press inquires.