Starting in the fall of 2017, we will be teaching a course of Criminal Justice Technology, Policy and Law at the Georgetown Law Center in Washington D.C. A joint effort between Keith Porcaro, the CTO and general counsel at SIMLab, and Jason Tashea of Justice Codes.
The course, structured like a lab, will explore the impact of technology on the criminal justice system and will teach students how to design, build and understand technologies that affect criminal justice processes and policy.
The students will be paired with system stakeholders to tackle a specific problem by system mapping, developing personas, and prototyping different ideas. The course culminates with a pitch day. Focusing on these non-technical skills will allow students of any background to begin to wrap their legal education around technology issues and design.
Here is our syllabus for fall 2017. As a practicum course, our students will be paired with justice stakeholders in Texas and Maryland to develop a technology project over the semester. This course would be impossible without our partners, and we are grateful for their willingness to work with our new course. To read more about these projects, check out our project descriptions:
- Maryland Office of the Public Defender: Create an indigency calculator
- Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention: Create a sequential intercept model
- Texas Criminal Justice Coalition: Create a dataset and analyze judicial appointment of attorneys for indigent clients