In partnership with the Joyce Foundation, the Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy, and Practice is examining arrests for crimes involving guns, including illegal possession of a firearm, gun discharge, and gun commission (using a gun in the commission of another crime) and more. READ MORE
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every are of society, including the criminal justice system. The coronavirus's rapid spread has required Chicago and Cook County justice agencies to quickly respond to the crisis. On March 24th, Chicago Police directed officers to reduce police stops and issue citations in lieu of low-level misdemeanors arrests. On March 17th, the Cook County Jail began a reassessment of bond for primarily non-violent offenders.
With the help of the Medical College of Wisconsin, and in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy, and Practice has put together an interactive database tracking the effect of 2019-nCoV Containment Policies on crime trends in Chicago on a weekly basis and Cook County jail population which updates daily. Incident data is pulled from the Chicago Data Portal. Cook County jail data is taken from the Cook County Sheriff's Office.
“The number of women locked up in Illinois prisons would be cut by as much as half under an ambitious proposal by reform advocates who argue that the corrections system has largely ignored the needs of female inmates, many of whom suffered years of trauma, abuse or poverty before winding up behind bars.”
In partnership with the Women’s Justice Institute, the Center is part of a task force of experts, women who were formerly incarcerated and former prison officials to examine trends in women’s prison admissions and population.