The Research and Evaluation Center launched the Justice Tech Initiative in collaboration with Justice Codes. Led by Jason Tashea, the initiative conducts research and evaluation projects focused on the use of innovative technologies to facilitate social justice and create a fairer and more accessible justice system.
The justice system is rapidly embracing new technologies, but researchers have been slow to evaluate the effects of technology, either on system operations or on the relationships between justice systems and communities. Antiquated information systems, budgetary restraints, and the generally conservative nature of legal and government systems combine to inhibit efficient diffusion of new approaches. The Justice Tech Initiative focuses on user-centered designs that improve people’s interactions with criminal justice organizations, ensure access to legal counsel, promote understanding of the justice process, and protect the rights of individuals and communities. We work with system stakeholders, developers, and researchers to identify the best ideas, implement them, and test their effects.
2016 Report from the Justice Tech Initiative and Justice Codes
Tashea, Jason (2016). Emerging Justice Technologies and the Need for Evaluation. New York, NY: Research & Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
The recommendations in this report are designed to support the growth and dissemination of technology projects that improve the operations of the justice sector, broaden public access to justice-related data, and promote social justice.