Crime and Punishment - Release Party!
Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (CDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
**Celebrate the release of the Crime and Punishment Project at FreeGeek Chicago!** Ask questions to those who helped create it and give feedback on how the project can become even more helpful for community members, journalists, and policymakers. We'll have:
- Overview of the Crime and Punishment Project and it's objectives.
- Short discussion of the technology behind the project
- A moderated discussion with contributors and the audience
## What is the Crime and Punishment Project?
The Crime and Punishment Project is set up to allow you to follow a case as it would normally proceed through the justice system starting with a victimization in Chicago then moving through the Cook County system and completing its journey with the Illinois Department of Corrections. This is a flat data site that community members, journalists, and policymakers can use to learn about what data is and is not available from their justice agencies.
## Why do we need this?
All over Chicago, every day, in every corner of our oblong city, people commit crimes. The Crime and Punishment Project is an index of the data that documents these crimes and what, if any, response there is from the criminal justice system.
The documentation is immense. Some is published. Much of it is not. Certain agencies like the Chicago Police Department seem to release a tremendous amount of data, and they do, but they still withhold exponentially more data then they release that could inform policy and empower communities.
**Our goal is to create a flat, simple guide to what is known and what is not.**
## Who Built It?
We built it! This project was created through a partnership between:
The project was built by FreeGeek Chicago's [OpenHack Crew](http://chitowncoders.org/) using the [Tarbell](http://tarbell.tribapps.com/) web publishing platform, an open source project developed and maintained by the [TribApps](http://blog.apps.chicagotribune.com/) team.
When & Where
FreeGeek Chicago, NFP
FreeGeek Chicago is a not-for-profit community organization that recycles used computers and parts to provide functional computers, education, internet access and job skills training to those who want them.
Always Online at http://freegeekchicago.org