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University News | 01.23.18

Adler University and Partners Launch Chicago Data Collaborative

The crucial criminal justice reform work led, in part, by an Adler University center is getting attention throughout Chicago and beyond.

The Chicago Data Collaborative is a pilot project representing a cooperative effort among newsrooms, academics, and nonprofit researchers aimed at increasing public understanding of the criminal justice system. The partnership includes Injustice Watch, DataMade, Invisible Institute, Adler University’s Center for Equitable Cities, Lucy Parsons Labs, City Tech, and the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice.

Members of the collaborative collect data from institutions at all points of contact in the Cook County criminal justice system, including the Chicago Police Department, the Illinois State Police, the Office of the State’s Attorney, and the Cook County Jail. They have already released the following reports:

  • Chicago Police Department investigatory stops from 2014 to 2016
  • Arrests in Chicago from 2014 to present
  • Snapshots of the Cook County Jail population from 2014 to 2016
  • State’s Attorney case-level data
  • Lookup tables to link all of these sources together

Additional databases providing daily snapshots of the Cook County Jail population, and a log of Illinois criminal history, sentencings, and releases are expected soon.

Adler University’s Center for Equitable Cities works in concert with local communities most historically disadvantaged by years of failed policy and disinvestment. It serves as a policy leader, collaborative research convener, and resource hub dedicated to drawing connections between different forms of urban inequality, and advancing equitable solutions.

Learn more about Adler University’s community engagement efforts through the Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice.

Additional reading about the Chicago Data Collaborative:

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