We have often said that open data can help with government accountability. The DOJ’s use of data which has either been proactively published or is available by public request shows how it plays that role.Continue reading
As part of a new initiative, the Sunlight Foundation has amassed an inventory of publicly-available criminal justice data we've collected from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government. With that inventory, we created Hall of Justice, a resource for exploring the data and information we’ve identified.
Click here to go to Hall of Justice.
At Sunlight, we’ve long been champions of the general idea that access to data makes things better. And we know that’s especially true in policy areas such as criminal justice. While public access to information is the gold standard when trying to establish accountability and transparency, work still needs to be done. Instilling a culture of uniform data collection that takes advantage of technology and digital tools is a very important first step for much of law enforcement today.
Cost-saving measures, alternatives to incarceration and an increase in public safety are all reasons for creating better access to and knowledge of the criminal justice data that exists. If any of the data or the issues mentioned here interests you at all, please visit the Sunlight Foundation’s criminal justice inventory, Hall of Justice to see what might be out there.
In addition to creating an inventory of criminal justice data, we’ve done some of our own research and reporting on questions about and issues with using this data. Over the course of 2014 and 2015 as we compiled around 10,000 data sets and research documents for Hall of Justice, Sunlight wrote a series of briefs on what kind of data is publicly accessible in the criminal justice world.