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Chicago’s Gun Offender Website is Problematic



Unnamed (1)Lennie Jarratt fears the new Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) Gun Offender Dashboard website could end up being a case of a well-intended plan having too many unintended consequences.

“It would have people charged with things like unlawful possession on the same page as those facing much more serious crimes,” Jarratt, project manager for the Center for Transforming Education at the Heartland Institute, told Chicago City Wire.

“We have so many regulations now that possession can be a simple charge. I get that they want to list those that have committed felonies. The piece I don’t like is unlawful possession because you can do that for almost anybody and it can be as simple as you didn’t get a FOID card. I think that’s overkill because those are probably not criminals, just people who had a problem with their FOID card.”

Under the guidelines of the program, the CPD would broadcast adult gun-related criminal charges as well as post the bond statuses of those charged with gun crimes as a way of demonstrating to the public how much ground the department is covering in its efforts to sweep the streets of violent gun offenders only to be forced to have contend with many of them soon being released by being allowed to post bond.



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  1. If charged with gun possession, you might as well commit the more serious crime, because Kim Fox’s prosecutors generally waive the gun charge anyway.
    Cops arrest felon, take gun. Prosecutor waives gun offense. Felon posts bond, is back on the street. Felon gets another gun. Process repeats.