Data Justice Network

Press Release: “The Governance Lab (The GovLab) at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering has launched the Data Justice Network (datajustice.us).  The website fosters peer-to-peer learning among criminal justice practitioners and policymakers and helps officials get fast and comprehensive answers to their questions about how to make better use of data to reduce incarceration and crime.

Built by the GovLab with support from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation(LJAF) and in collaboration with The Justice Management Institute, the website was designed for practitioners by practitioners to ensure that the platform is both useful and simple. …

“Criminal justice data are collected by multiple agencies, stored in different formats, and maintained in various systems,” LJAF Vice President of Criminal Justice Matt Alsdorf explained. “The lack of data coordination makes it difficult for jurisdictions to analyze information and evaluate the effect of their local criminal justice policies. We are pleased to support the Data Justice Network and believe that it can help to address this issue and make it easier for communities to use data and predictive analytics to safely reduce their jail populations.”

On the website, criminal justice practitioners can search for colleagues with relevant experience, ask and answer questions, and track their own knowledge of innovative ways of using data at every stage of the criminal justice process….

With Data Justice Network, participants can easily get help and advice from those with experience to explore issues such as

  • How can data be used to create a better post-arrest diversion process for the mentally ill and reduce time spent in jail?
  • How can better data be collected about the number of mentally ill or substance abusers in county jails?
  • What is the best way to develop algorithms to predict super-utilizers of the criminal justice system?…(More)”