California’s new OpenJustice initiative illuminates criminal justice data

Transparency. Greater trust. A policy development process that’s rooted in clear, public-facing evidence.

These are some of the goals that governments hope to achieve through the implementation of an open data program. These same goals — achieving greater community trust and developing better evidence-based policy — are often strongly desired by agencies which are part of the criminal justice system as well.

As a result, state and local criminal justice agencies are across the country are increasing their implementation of open data as a way to achieve improvements in these critical areas. Continue…