No Cop Academy report from 2018, which includes survey data of 500 neighborhood residents and where they’d like to see $ put instead—at the intersection of data and individual experience
8ToAbolition has examples of non-carceral community support models.
A youth-produced toolkit with activities and supplemental activities exploring the costs of policing, and what real community safety could look like in Chicago.
Every year, police take millions of dollars from ordinary Chicagoans and spend it behind closed doors. “Civil forfeiture, as the process is known, allows police and prosecutors to permanently keep any cash, vehicles, or other goods seized during a traffic stop or investigation. As long as they believe the money is tied to a crime,Continue reading “Inside the Chicago Police Department’s secret budget”
Chicago is spending more on policing per person than at any time in the last half-century despite a persistent drop in crime over the last two decades, while the vast majority of murders remain unsolved.
This website pulls budget info from budget ordinances and makes comparisons with other cities easy. It shows CPD with a budget of $1.652 billion, 37% of the total budget. But that doesn’t account for police misconduct settlements or overtime overages. In 2018, Chicago spent more than $113 million on police misconduct settlements.
The Chicago Reporter also keeps a database on such settlements, which you can find through the same link.
City data over 19 months show police solved 47% of murders with white victims and 22% with black victims.