Code for PDX
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Access2Justice: Commons Law Center
The goal of this project is to increase the efficacy of the Common’s Law Center by creating software which increases the productivity of its staff.
To accomplish this goal, Code For PDX engineers are building software which will securely collect information from applicant. This data is then passed to analytical software which will allow the Commons Law Center to rapidly assess each case. As part of the analysis, appropriate court forms are pre-filled with client information.
The final output will be pre-filled forms as well as a guide to court. This will allow people to better represent themselves, or greatly reduce the cost of engaging a lawyer. In addition, if the applicant meets requirements for representation grant, their information will be forwarded to the Common’s Law Center lawyer pool.
Access2Justice: Record Expungement
For many folks who have had run-ins with the criminal justice system, punishment doesn't end with the end of their sentence. Well past the period of incarceration, a criminal conviction can follow a person around for the rest of their life, preventing them from accessing housing, employment, and services which might otherwise help them integrate back into society.
The goal of this project will be to democratize the expungement process by making it available to all Oregonians, regardless of their ability to pay. It further seeks to provide these services in the communities that need them the most.
To accomplish this, Code for PDX engineers are creating analytical software to help expungement providers at the Public Defender's office quickly determine which items on an applicant's record are eligible for expungement.
Clackamas County Community Health: Social Media Analyst
Clackamas County needs to better assess public health issues and concerns. Of particular concern is the spread of communicable diseases. To better combat this problem, Clackamas County’s is seeking to leverage new technology in innovative ways in order to better assess potential public health hazards. This project will focus on modernizing disease detection by utilizing social media. To accomplish this, Code for PDX engineers are building a social media scraper which conducts a meta analysis for epidemiological keywords related to particular diseases. The final output will be accessible by staff epidemiologists who can then utilize this information to inform the public, allocate resources, and take direct action to combat communicable diseases.
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