Public data set highlights: Crime and police misconduct in Chicago and refugee demographics

Monday, November 30, 2015

Last week's Data is Plural newsletter featured two data sets of interest: one on complaints of police misconduct in Chicago (which is interesting as it comes on the heels of the APHA Annual Meeting held in Chicago this year) and one on demographic data of refugees settled in the US since 2002:
Complaints against Chicago police. The newly-launched Citizens Police Data Project has collected more than 56,000 allegations of police misconduct. The data, covering 2002-2008 and 2011-2015, includes demographic information about the complainant and the officer, as well as the type and location of the incident. Click here to download the raw data. Related: The City of Chicago’s wide-ranging data portal includes a spreadsheet of every reported crime in the city since 2001; you can explore neighborhood trends via the Chicago Tribune.

Refugees in America. The Department of State publishes demographic reports on refugee arrivals since 2002. The data includes country of origin, resettlement city and state, religion, age, gender, and more. Related: At BuzzFeed, I used the data to chart the past decade of refugee arrivals. Also related: The UN’s refugee data portal.

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