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*About this Event*
The National Day of Civic Hacking brings together civic leaders, public servants, designers, coders, and engaged citizens to partner with local government and community groups to tackle some of our toughest challenges. This year Code for Boston invites you to join us and our partners at Citizens for Juvenile Justice for a day of collective action to help those impacted by the criminal justice system, particularly in the area of criminal record expungement (more on record expungement in Massachusetts).
This year’s NDoCH coincides with National Expungement Week, an effort led by organizations across the country to help people in the process of clearing their criminal records. This is a great opportunity to work with partners who are already doing this important work. At NDoCH, we will center their perspectives in an effort to transform the criminal record clearance landscape. We will focus on expanding, streamlining, and automating the expungement process in Massachusetts.
*Should I come to the National day of Civic Hacking?*
Yes! We're looking for a wide variety of attendees to address these critical issues of criminal justice and record expungement. We’re especially interested in working with people who are in the process of getting a criminal record sealed or expunged, but we also hope that you'll bring your skills and passion to our event if you're one of the following:
- legal professionals
- criminal justice advocates
- court employees
- experience and content designers
- user researchers
- software developers
- anyone passionate about criminal justice reform
*What can I expect to do at the National Day of Civic Hacking?*
We’re planning a full set of activities to provide opportunities for people of all backgrounds and experience levels to make meaningful contributions to this effort! Each activity will have a facilitator with enough subject-matter knowledge to guide teams throughout the day.
*Activities will include:*
- Building a “Know Your Rights” website to make Massachusetts’ criminal records expungement and sealing laws more accessible to the people they’re intended to serve
- Developing and researching an Expungement Scorecard to assess Massachusetts’ expungement and sealing laws in comparison to other states
- Making a journey map to understand the process a person who wants to seal their record needs to follow to successfully accomplish their goal
- Analyzing data to estimate the number of people in Massachusetts who are eligible to seal or expunge their criminal record under existing laws
- User testing some existing resources being developed by our partners at Citizens for Juvenile Justice
- Translating everything we write, design, and develop into other languages to make the work we’ll do together accessible to people who speak a language other than English
_Citizens for Juvenile Justice_
Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ) is an independent, non-profit, statewide organization working to improve the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts through advocacy, convening, conducting research, and educating the public on important juvenile justice issues.