Join the free Jail Dashboard pilot
Jail Dashboard provides real time jail data to help county leaders address jail population pressures. The dashboard helps jail administrators, judges, and other stakeholders understand the conditions in local jails.
Built in 2013 by Code for America fellows and Louisville, KY, Jail Dashboard visualizes how decisions – at both the individual and policy level – affect the program, facility, and inmate outcomes.
Are you ready to join the pilot? Do you want to know more? Email us now.
We’re taking the dashboard to three more counties in 2016.
“We are so excited to partner with counties to help make jail population data more accessible to decision-makers across the justice system,” says Jenny Montoya Tansey, Director of Safety and Justice at Code for America. “Counties across the country are revamping their justice systems, investing in community-based solutions to increase public safety and reduce costs. Real-time data is an important building block that can help make those efforts more effective, safe, and sustainable.”
If your county is interested in the free exclusive pilot of Jail Dashboard, firstname.lastname@example.org for an information packet and application.
Impact of Jail Dashboard
The Criminal Justice Commission has been waiting since about 1980 to have something like this. When they saw the first real iteration of the dashboard, there were literally tears in people's eyes because they could answer questions in real time and they had confidence in the data. It was just breathtaking.
— Beth Niblock, Former CIO, Louisville, KY Metro Government
Since the fellows left Louisville in November, 2013, the City has continued to maintain the dashboard. The dashboard has even spread to other cities, including the City of Denver. They pulled the code from GitHub (an open source platform) and launched the dashboard in their city.
“The jail dashboard has increased visibility into our operations and has been a key instrument for data-driven decision-making,” said Chief Gary Wilson of the Denver Sheriff’s Department.
Through these pilots, we’ll be looking at Jail Dashboard’s effectiveness on case-level and system-level decisions made by district attorneys, judges, sheriffs, and other users that affect jail populations.
- To learn more, read our featured story: Louisville uses Jail Population Management Dashboard to Address Jail Overcrowding.
- You can also dive into the history behind Jail Dashboard, and learn about Louisville's experience building and using the program with Code for America by watching the Louisville Summit Video.
Introducing the White House Data-Driven Justice Initiative
Code for America is also excited to partner with the White House Data-Driven Justice initiative. The WH DDJ is a community of state, county and city governments that are working to implement data-driven approaches to improve public health and safety, and reduce unnecessary incarceration. In particular, the participants are focused on reducing jail stays for people awaiting trial and for individuals experiencing mental illness and substance abuse issues.
Code for America’s jail dashboard is one way that jurisdictions can begin to identify and target these populations and track their progress towards the goals of the initiative. DDJ will create opportunities for jurisdictions to learn from each other how to use data to address high levels of incarceration, especially for populations with health problems.
To get your jurisdiction involved with the Data-Driven Justice initiative, email Code for America Safety and Justice Director Jenny Montoya Tansey.