JTDL: It's almost 2021 & criminal justice data still sucks

Editor’s Note

This is the last JTDL for 2020. Thank you for reading and helping us grow as a community this year. Please keep the articles, events, and job postings coming. I’ll be back in your inbox next year. Have a safe and restful holiday.



A new report on the future of public safety is centered on increased data collection. (John Jay College) A separate report sees the need for better data collection when assessing the impact of Covid on the criminal justice system. (National Commission on Covid-19 and Criminal Justice)

How a spreadsheet could change the criminal justice system. (Atlantic)

Gun detection AI is being trained with homemade active shooter videos. (VICE)

New York is on the verge of keeping law enforcement away from contact tracing data. (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Virtual eviction hearings can make horrible situations worse. (Marketplace)

A new US Department of Labor rule gives companies accused of law breaking more digital privacy rights than people with criminal records. (Conversation)

The Michigan Supreme Court published its strategic plan to tackle the access-to-justice gap, which includes improved technical capacity. (MSC)

The Illinois Supreme Court authorized text message reminders in Illinois courts. (2Civility) Meanwhile, the federal courts participated in an audio livestream pilot. (USC)

The impacts of Covid and remote hearings on family courts in Northern Ireland. (Ulster University) English and Welsh court judgments are being analyzed by AI for the first time; however, the analysis can’t be used to predict future case outcomes. (Law Society Gazette)

A database is tracking state legislative police reform bills. (National Center for State Legislatures)

The Boston Celtics players argue that regulating facial recognition technology is a racial justice issue. (Boston Globe)

The NYPD got a robot police dog. (Gizmodo)

Why a justice tech company chose to be a public benefit corporation. (Medium)

Algorithms behaving badly: 2020 edition. (Markup)

The best tech books of the year are all about giving power to the user. (OneZero)

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Jobs & Opportunities

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

The ACLU needs a technology fellow to look at tech that impacts civil rights. (ACLU) (h/t Irene Mo)

The ACLU of Northern California is looking for interns. (ACLU NorCal)

The Algorithmic Justice League needs a director of ops. (AJL) (h/t Keith Porcaro)

Arnold Ventures has a bunch of job openings in their various criminal justice tracks. (Arnold)

ATJ Tech Fellows has a science fiction writing competition for law students, deadline is Dec. 31. (ATJ)

The Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition needs a coalition director. (BDEC) (h/t Emma Simpson).

The Brennan Center is looking for a bunch of legal interns. (BC) (h/t Eleni Manis)

Callisto needs a senior dev. (C)

The Center for Democracy and Technology is hiring a number of staff and internship positions. (CDT) (h/t Alex Givens)

The Center for Policing Equity needs a data analyst and full stack engineer. (CPE) (h/t Eleni Manis)

[New] Charles Koch Institute opened applications for the emerging tech policy leaders program. (CKI)

Cornell’s Digital Life Initiative has a new technology law and policy fellowship. (CDLI)

The Council for State Governments Justice Center needs six senior policy analysts. (CSG) (h/t Joyce Raby)

Data and Society is looking for fellows (DnS) and applicants for a workshop on public data infrastructure (DnS). (h/t Eleni Manis)

Data for Black Lives needs a national organizing director. (DfBL)

DataKind is looking for an executive director (DK) and director of volunteers. (DK) (h/t Elizabeth Grossman)

DC’s Criminal Code Reform Commission needs a social scientist. (CCRC)

The Digital Freedom Fund needs a racial and social justice lead. (DFF)

[New] Duke’s Center for Science and Justice is accepting applications for an associate director. (DCSJ) (h/t Keith Porcaro)

The Edinburgh Futures Institute’s Centre for Technomoral Futures has four funded PhDs to give away. (EFI)

Everytown for Gun Safety needs a data engineer. (EGS) (h/t Eleni Manis)

Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology needs an associate. (CPT)

Harvard’s Belfer Center has opened up applications for its Technology and Public Purpose Fellowship. (HBC)

Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center opened its fellowship application. (BKC) (h/t Eleni Manis)

Harvard Law’s Journal of Law and Technology is accepting articles. (JOLT)

Hate Aid, a German org, needs legal interns. (HA) (h/t Legal Tech Jobs)

Illinois Court Help needs a senior program manager. (ICH) (h/t Natalie Knowlton)

The Journal of Science and Law is rebooting and is taking submissions. (JSL) (h/t Sasha Davenport)

JustFix.nyc is looking to fill multiple roles. (JF)

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

Lagniappe Law Lab needs a legal content manager. (LLL) (h/t Amanda Brown)

[New] The Legal Aid Foundation of LA needs a legal IT manager. (LAFLA) (h/t Legal Tech Jobs)

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers needs a senior dev. (NACDL) (h/t Julie Ciccolini)

New America opened up applications for its national fellows program. (NA)

The Oklahoma Policy Institute needs a justice data analyst. (OPI)

Paladin needs a full stack engineer. (P)

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

The Patrick McGovern Foundation has a slew of positions. (PMF)

The Philly District Attorney's Office is looking to fill a number of roles. (PDAO)

[New] Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy opened applications for their emerging scholars in tech policy program. (CITP)

Pro Bono Net has an open position and needs interns. (PBN)

Raheem, a platform for reporting police violence, needs a software engineer. (R)

RapidSoS, a data platform for first responders, is hiring. (RSoS) (h/t Eleni Manis)

Recidiviz has a number of openings. (R)

[New] The Responsible Business Initiative for Justice is looking for a Campaign Manager and a Director of Operations (RBIJ) (h/t Silas Horst)

[New] RightsCon needs a program assistant. (RC)

Schmidt Futures has numerous open roles. (SF)

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

[New] Tech Congress applications are now open for the 2021 Congressional Innovation Scholars Program. (TC)

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

University College London is offering a fully funded PhD for someone interested in studying technology-facilitated abuse in intimate partner violence. (UCL) (h/t Leonie Tanczer)

[New] Upsolve, a bankruptcy app, needs an engineer. (U) (h/t Legal Tech Jobs)

[New] Upturn needs a summer policy intern. (U)

The Vera Institute of Justice has numerous open positions, including a director of innovation. (VIJ) (h/t Eleni Manis)

Yale Law School is looking for visiting fellows for the Information Society Project. (ISP)

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