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Title:Open Data Portal for Champaign Racial and Criminal Justice: Towards Greater Transparency in Policy Making
Author(s):Huang, Yuyan
Contributor(s):Wilson, Bev
Subject(s):criminal justice
racial justice
Geographic Coverage:Champaign County, Illinois
Abstract:This project focuses on the application of civic technology to urban planning practice in racial justice. It explores the capability of computer technology to improve the accessibility of civic data and to bring greater transparency to public decision-making. Working in collaboration with Champaign County Racial Justice Task Force, the author developed a website and its behind database to support the visualization of publicly available information on arrests, correctional facility records and court cases in Urbana-Champaign. The website and database has received positive feedback from the Task Force as it collects and centralizes data scattered in Champaign criminal justice system and responds to data needs brought forward by civil society and local government regarding law enforcement. With this tool, communities, interested social groups and individuals will have easier access to legal data and be better informed of possible racial disparities in the criminal justice system.
Issue Date:2017
Series/Report:MUP Capstone
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-11-09

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