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During her first year as Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx's office released its first ever data report. The data points spanning 2016 will allow citizens to get a glimpse into the analytics and process that encompass Chicago’s criminal justice system.
“When I was sworn in as State’s Attorney on December 1, 2016, I made a commitment to increasing the transparency and accountability of the State’s Attorney’s Office. This report, the first such report released by the SAO, is an important step toward the goal of operating the most open and engaged prosecutor’s office in the country,” Foxx wrote in the data statement.
The data report published October 2017, presents the over 30,000 felony cases that processed in 2016 by the Criminal, Narcotics, and Special Prosecution Bureaus.
The data presented is a snapshot and does not present details on individual cases and those processed by Juvenile Justice and Civil Actions Bureaus, which uses a different system.
For example, the report shows the top three felonies referred to SAO in 2016 were:
- 1. Unlawful Use of a Weapon: 3,191
- 2. Retail Theft: 3,061
- 3. DUI: 1,698
The report includes charts and graphs that illustrate charges by city and suburb, and by race (white, black, and latino). The report also includes data about sentencing after a person is convicted of a crime including prison, jail, detention, bootcamp, probation and supervision.
The raw data is available and will be updated annually. Download SAO Data Report
Foxx along with her Chief Data Officer, presented the data report during Black History Month 2018 at ChiHack Night, a free, weekly event in Chicago to build, share and learn about tools to create, support, and serve the public good.