The Chicago Police Department recently launched a new program to track gun offenses in Cook County. Similar GunStat initiatives have been implemented in other states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The program, a first for Chicago, will track the city’s gun offenders as they progress through the criminal justice system. “From the time they’re arrested to the time they’re released into society, so we can see if we have gaps somewhere or if there are things we can do better to hold them accountable,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters on August 29.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot said GunStat will help officials track and close loopholes in the criminal justice system,