In 2016, the Research & Evaluation Center began the Justice Tech Initiative in collaboration with Justice Codes, led by Jason Tashea. The initiative promotes and evaluates innovative technologies that 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. Justice Codes 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.
Other Publications from Jason Tashea at Justice Codes
Should the public have access to data police acquire through private companies? American Bar Association Journal, December 1, 2016.
Looking Suspicious: Websites and apps for sharing crime and safety data have become outlets for racial profiling. American Bar Association Journal, August 1, 2016.
Police face constitutional challenges for using cellphone tracking devices to locate suspects. American Bar Association Journal, July 1, 2016.
Two technologies create new ways to access justice. Huffington Post, June 20, 2016.
Parole programs find benefit in swift-and-certain approach. American Bar Association Journal, May 1, 2016.
Databases create access to police misconduct cases and offer a handy tool for defense lawyers, American Bar Association Journal. February 1, 2016.
How to do criminal justice tech the right way. Civicist. January 20, 2016.
The limiting language of disruption. Huffington Post. October 29, 2015.
See a complete list of publications from Justice Codes