Project Description

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Court System Navigation App
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Our app will be a simple, interactive, user-centric platform to guide users through criminal court cases. The app will also connect court provided and external resources to encourage the best possible outcomes for defendants, increase court appearances, and decrease costs to defendants and court systems. 

Organization's mission and/or purpose

To democratize information about the criminal justice system and be the trusted advisor for defendants and their families as they navigate the criminal legal system. We aim to deliver valuable and relevant legal information (but not legal advice) to the user in plain language, empowering them to advocate for themselves and proactively plan for the future. The user is also encouraged to give feedback on their experience at each step of the process so the app’s developers can continually improve user experience. 

Collaborating organizations involved
  • Bail Project
  • Cleveland Foundation
  • Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
  • Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs
  • Cuyahoga County
  • Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
  • Cuyahoga County Office of the Public Defender
  • Digital C
  • HackCleveland
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This app will democratize information about the criminal justice system for defendants and the public.  We anticipate that this app will decrease failures to appear in court, which decreases the costs of time and resources for both defendants and court systems.

Project point

Cait Kennedy
[email protected]

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