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Civicist Publication Features Adler Center’s New Chicago Data Collaborative 01.23.18
Civicist Publication Features Adler Center’s New Chicago Data Collaborative
01.23.18

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. Its official launch was recently featured in the Civicist, a technology news and analysis platform centered on advancing technology for the public good.

“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,” the report says.

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.

Look to the Adler University website for more information about community engagement efforts through our centers and institute, and explore the full Chicago Data Collaborative online.

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About Adler University

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, it enrolls more than 1,400 students in master’s and doctoral programs for social change through its campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, as well as an Online Campus. Adler University’s mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities and advancing social justice.