Our Impact

At 50+ events nationwide, civic-minded participants focused on record clearance projects to help those impacted by the criminal justice system.

Across the nation, Brigades worked on local projects that identified and worked to ease challenges associated with record clearance.

In collaboration with National Expungement Week and other local criminal justice community organizations, National Day of Civic Hacking attendees came together to create journey maps of the record clearance process, evaluate the usability of existing record clearance services, and create user-friendly rights guides for justice-impacted individuals. Learn more from our press release.

Attendees at Code for Miami partnered with the ACLU of Greater Miami to participate in National Day of Civic Hacking's record clearance projects.

Attendees at Code for Miami partnered with the ACLU of Greater Miami to participate in National Day of Civic Hacking's record clearance projects.

Journey Mapping the Record Clearance Process

Journey mapping is a method used to look at a person's experience or journey, often in a specific context, and find various touchpoints in this person's experience that are meaningful.

On National Day, attendees at 24 events mapped the process of applying for record clearance in their location, looking for information that will help us better understand the experience of one applying for record clearance.

Members of the Red Oak Makerspace in Red Oak, TX create a journey map.

Members of the Red Oak Makerspace in Red Oak, TX create a journey map.

An excerpt from Hack for LA's completed journey map.

An excerpt from Hack for LA's completed journey map.

Developing a Services Usability Scorecard

Expungement processes vary significantly across the country. Attendees at 15 events conducted user research to find out how various people experience various services when going through the record clearance process.

"[A Service Usability Scorecard] not only allows us to compare different states but also see where there may be patterns. By using the same metrics to compare processes in different states we can ensure that we have the same baseline comparison. It can also allow us to understand what, where, and how to target reforms in each of the states. "

National Day of Civic Hacking Toolkit

Creating a User-Friendly Know Your Rights Guide

While we are all entitled to certain rights, particularly when encountering the criminal justice system and record clearance process, many times we don’t know what they are. Attendees at 19 events created ways to easily access this information in a user-centered way so that everyone is effectively informed of their rights.

A prototype Know Your Rights site developed by Code for Fresno in partnership with local criminal justice government agencies.

A prototype Know Your Rights site developed by Code for Fresno in partnership with local criminal justice government agencies.

Over the coming months, these prototypes will be developed and tested to provide local information to people who need access to expungement remedies.

What's Next?

Code for America Brigades operate in over 80 communities throughout the country. Find one near you, or start your own!

Did you participate in an event and want to add your story to this page? Take the National Day of Civic Hacking event survey to let us know about it.

National Day of Civic Hacking is only the first step for these projects. Brigade members will continue working with their community partners (and each other!) to help people navigate the local expungement process.