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Tracy Siska
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Tracy Siska, M.A, received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the Loyola University of Chicago in 1995 and his Master’s of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008. He is currently a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Chicago studying Criminology, Law, and Justice.

He has been researching issues involved in the criminal justice system in Chicago and Cook County for ten years. At the Better Government Association of Chicago, he worked closely with some of the best investigative reporters in the city and built relationships with reporters from both local television stations and local newspapers and producers from national newscasts like Prime Time Live.

He has visited various communities throughout the city and Illinois researching the actions of various criminal justice agencies. In a three-year research project investigating the actions of the criminal justice agencies in Decatur, IL he uncovered many misdeeds by local officials.

He began producing radio at WLUW during his undergraduate studies. About three years ago, he decided to create “Crime and Punishment” the public affairs radio show that covers the criminal justice system in Illinois. His guests have included the late Paul Simon, Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Weller, Cook County Public Defender Rita Fry, and Shaunta McGee, a legal and medical advocate from Rape Victim Advocates, among others.

Following the creation of the radio show, he recognized other ways technology could contribute to coverage of policing issues. The Chicago Justice Project aims to provoke a dialogue on important issues facing the criminal justice system in Chicago and Illinois. After a decade of research experiences, he has learned that there was not a single organization driving the media and the police into honest discussions about the criminal justice system.

Blog Entries by Tracy Siska

Yes, Institutional Violence Does Exist and It Exacerbates Youth Violence

Posted October 12, 2009 | 17:03:57 (EST)

"The day that the city of Chicago decides to divide schools by gang territory, that’s the day we have given up the city." -- Mayor Daley (Chicago Sun-Times, Oct. 9).

To a certain degree Daley is right: Gang territories change so quickly that always altering who goes to what school...

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Mary Mitchell: Linking North Side Policing to South and West Side Crime

Posted August 19, 2009 | 20:07:47 (EST)

In her column on Sunday, Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell attempted to link issues involving a recent crime spree on the north side of the city to the violence on the South and West Sides of Chicago. An interesting perspective in many respects, but Mitchell still makes traditional mistakes all...

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Weis's Tunnel Vision: Looking Forward Will Only Doom C.P.D. to Repeat Past Mistakes

Posted December 3, 2008 | 13:33:03 (EST)

There are significant differences in the way the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Chicago Police interact with the world. The FBI swoops into and out of communities with little to no consideration of the consequences to the community/FBI relations. This is the exact opposite to how an urban...

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Chicago Police Mobile Strike Force, A.K.A. SOS 2: Someone Call Patrick Fitzgerald!

Posted October 31, 2008 | 17:32:29 (EST)

The recent news that Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis is considering reviving the disgraced Special Operations Section is very troubling. Ongoing Investigations initiated by both Cook County State's Attorney's Office and US Attorney's Office in Chicago have yet to be completed and Weis has somehow determined that the unit at...

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Chicago Police, Burge And Current Interrogation Practices

Posted October 27, 2008 | 18:23:51 (EST)

The news this week that former Police Commander Jon Burge has been indicted on federal charges nearly thirty years after his alleged crimes is very important. This long overdue prosecution exposes the striking, continuous, and deliberate refusal by the accountability departments within the agencies, policy makers, the media, and...

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Chicago Police, Assault Rifles and No Demonstrable Need!

Posted September 2, 2008 | 09:13:47 (EST)

The decision by Mayor Richard Daley and Police Superintendent Jody Weis to deploy assault weapons on the streets of Chicago has been made without providing a demonstrable need for the weapon. Over the last several weeks, the Chicago Justice Project has made inquiries to find out what information the Chicago...

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Gangs, Violent Crime, And Unintended Consequences in Chicago

Posted August 15, 2008 | 10:40:27 (EST)

In the face of all the latest reporting on the 18% up-tick in violent crime in Chicago there has been scarcely little discussion of cause and effect in the media or among policy makers. However, a recent admission by Chicago police spokesperson Monique Bond underscores the role that police policy...

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