JTDL: Anti-suicide tech in prisons; SCOTUS limits Computer Fraud Act + New Jobs

Letter from the Editor

I hope everyone’s summer is off to a great start. I have two housekeeping items to share:

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  2. I am taking next week off. The next dispatch will be June 21.



Maryland and Montana restrict the police use of forensic genealogy. (New York Times)

Massachusetts is testing anti-suicide bracelets on incarcerated people. (Vice)

Florida’s release date formulas may be trapping people in prison. (Appeal) In Canada, an injunction request aims to end a prison risk-assessment tool biased against Indigenous people. (Globe & Mail)

The US Supreme Court limited the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in criminal cases. (New York Times)

Predictive policing continues in Pasco County, Florida’s schools. (Tampa Bay Times)

The Washington, DC Council is urged to allow public access to eviction records for press and research, while sealing them against high-tech misuse. (DC Open Gov’t Coalition)

Tyler Tech grows again with the purchase of a jail tech vendor. (StateScoop) (h/t Keith Porcaro)

Amazon Ring is making police requests public. (Reuters)

Inside Citizen: The public safety app pushing surveillance boundaries. (NBC)

King County, Washington is the first county in the US to ban facial recognition. (KIRO)

How AI impacts marginalized groups. (Digital Freedom Fund)

The US Bureau of Justice Statistics launched a new website and data portal. (BJS)


[Virtual] Stand Together Ventures Lab’s “Unbundle Policing: Reimagine Public Safety Challenge” is hosting an info session on the new fund, June 15. (ST) (h/t Rachael Drew)

[Virtual] Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center presents “Black to the Future: A Conversation about Policing and the First Amendment”, June 17. (BKC)

[Virtual] NYU’s Institute for Public Interest Technology is putting on a two-week conference for scholars, late June. (NYU)

Jobs & Opportunities

18F, the federal government’s in-house tech shop, is hiring. (18F)

A2J Tech is looking to fill dev and PM roles. (A2JT)

Afterpattern opened their automated legal products competition with $5,000 on the line. (AP) (h/t Scott Kelly)

[New] Ameelio, a prison communications company, needs a dev. (A)

[New] Amnesty International needs a leader for its Algorithmic Accountability Lab. (AI)

BRYTER is hiring a legal architect. (B)

Center for Democracy and Technology has multiple positions. (CDT) (h/t Alex Givens)

The Day One Project needs a policy director for science and tech. (DOP)

[New] The Duke Law Tech Lab is accepting applications for its accelerator. (DLTL)

[New] The European Research Council has a research position for someone into legal theory and blockchain. (ERC)

Free Press is looking for a policy counsel. (FP) (h/t Amy Martyn)

Future of Privacy Forum is hiring a law and policy fellow. (FPF)

[New] The Future Society has multiple positions. (FS)

Good Call is looking for an engineer. (GC) (h/t Gabe Leader-Rose)

[New] Hack the Hood needs a director of curriculum and programs. (HtH)

[New] Harvard’s Cyberlaw Clinic needs a new instructor. (HCC)

The Harvard Law Library’s Innovation Lab needs summer RAs. (HLL)

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is looking for a Manager of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. (2Civility) (h/t Jayne Reardon)

Just Tech has numerous openings. (JT) (h/t Legal Tech Jobs)

[New] Justice Accelerator Fund needs a comms director and a criminal justice expert. (JAF)

The Legal Services Corporation is hiring for a chief data officer. (LSC) (h/t Dan Bernstein)

The Markup is looking for an investigative journalist. (M)

Measures for Justice has multiple positions open. (M4J)

Northeastern University’s Center for Law, Innovation, and Creativity needs a managing director. (NU) (h/t Keith Porcaro)

Paladin is looking for a product designer. (P)

The Partnership on AI is hiring for multiple positions. (PAI) (h/t Eleni Manis)

PEW needs a principal associate for its civil legal system modernization work. (PEW) (h/t Erika Rickard)

The Philly District Attorney's Office is looking to fill a number of roles, including for a data engineer. (PDAO)

ProBonoNet needs a product manager. (PBN)

Recidiviz is looking for a comms director and a partnerships manager. (R) (h/t Evan Green-Lowe)

[New] Schmidt Futures needs a technical fellow. (SF)

SimpleCitizen, an immigration tech company, has engineering, product and sales roles. (SC) (h/t Eleni Manis)

The Stand Together Ventures Lab’s “Unbundle Policing: Reimagine Public Safety Challenge”, with $1M+ in funding, is now open. (ST) (h/t Rachael Drew)

Temple Law School needs an ED for its law and technology center. (TLS) (h/t Keith Porcaro)

Theory and Principle, a legal software development boutique, needs a dev. (T&P)

Tyler Tech needs a PM. (TT) (h/t Joyce Raby)

UC Berkeley Law’s Technology & Public Policy Clinic needs a teaching fellow. (UCB)

The University of Michigan is hiring profs focused on racial justice and tech. (UM)

Upsolve, the bankruptcy platform, is hiring for multiple roles. (Up)

Uptrust needs a implementation engineering manager. (U)

Village Capital needs a managing director of its impact investing. (VC)

Wired is hiring editorial positions. (W)