The Statewide Women’s Justice Task Force, organized by the Women’s Justice Institute (WJI) with funding from major philanthropic organizations has released a new blueprint for reducing the number of women incarcerated in Illinois prisons by 50%+ and beyond. Supported by Loyola University Chicago’s Center from Criminal Justice Research, Policy, and Practice, the report offers three decades of data on the history and trends of Illinois’ women’s prison population, as well as the nation’s first “Cutting 50%+ and Beyond Opportunities Matrix” focused exclusively on cutting women’s incarceration by addressing women’s justice involvement before, during, and after prison. READ MORE
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). Using Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) data provided by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority and the Illinois State Police, this research brief presents a detailed description of the trends in arrests, and the characteristics of those arrested for non-lethal gun crimes in Cook County.
Notably, most people arrested in Cook County for a crime involving a gun between 2009 and 2019 (72%) were arrested for the illegal possession of a gun. While most (87%) of those arrested for illegal possession of a gun had been previously arrested, a substantial portion (46%) had never been previously convicted of a crime, and the vast majority (80%) had never been convicted of a violent crime.READ MORE
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.