The Parole Hearing Data Project

An educational tool for criminal justice research built on examining parole hearing data

I'm a public interest lawyer developing multimedia storytelling projects. After several years of representing criminal defendants at both the state and federal levels in New York City, I began playing with technology to create public projects about U.S. prisons. I launched my first project in May, 2013 during the New Museum's IDEAS CITY festival. Now, I am developing a data project that examines New York State Parole Board determinations by scraping information from the Parole Board's website and putting it into interactive visualizations.

I am currently studying digital media as a Peter Barker-Homek Women In Technology fellow at NYU's engineering school (NYU Poly). I also represent prisoners at parole board hearings and I am developing an audio story about this process. I love talking with strangers and solving problems. I am hoping to bring legal design jams to NYU in the beginning of 2014.

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