FreeGeek Chicago will host a Release Party this Saturday, July 19th from 2-4p for the Crime and Punishment Project, a guide to the known and unknown data of Chicago's criminal justice system. This project was developed in partnership the SmartChicago Collaborative and the Chicago Justice Project, who will be on-hand to answer questions about the project's goals and it's status. Plus we'll have pizza. Full event info and RSVP are available on the Eventbrite Page.
This event is free and open to all. If you are a Journalist, Researcher, or Community Member interested in the criminal justice system we encourage you to attend. If you are a Hacker or Up-and-coming Hacker that is interested in OpenGov, OpenData, and web apps, we encourage you to attend. And of course if you are a FreeGeeker, you should definitely be there!
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.
FreeGeek is closed Friday July 4th in observation of Independence Day. We will be back open for sales and donations on Saturday July 5th and our regularly scheduled Volunteer Build on Sunday July 6th.