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Commentary: Data alone won’t stop Chicago gun violence; Cook County needs a public ‘Violence Reduction Dashboard’

Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Chicago Tribune
by Paula Wolf

By Paula Wolff

Chicago Tribune |

Aug 07, 2019 | 2:10 PM

Commentary: Data alone won’t stop Chicago gun violence; Cook County needs a public ‘Violence Reduction Dashboard’

Regardless of critiques, the launch Monday of the Chicago Police Department’s data portal is a good start to understanding police work and how CPD sees some of the drivers of violence in Chicago.

The so-called Gun Offender Dashboard, which is really an Alleged Gun Offender Dashboard, measures arrests, charges and court decisions about release as well as rearrests of those released. The very principle underlying the disclosure of this data is as important as the data itself — that members of the public have a right to know and can be effective partners in solving the problem once they understand the data.

The new police portal adds another layer of information to bond court data regularly released by Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans and the greatly expanded information from State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office.

Now we need a real Violence Reduction Dashboard for Cook County.



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