Pitch

Last year, the NYPD made 2 million arrests, summonses, and stops. Almost all of these were petty infractions like being in a park after dark, and 90% of them involved New Yorkers of color. This is broken windows policing (short description of broken windows policing). Enter PROP (description of what PROP does) - the only people going into the courtroom to monitor this disproportionate criminalization. Court monitors go into New York City arraignment courts and track the charges, races, and genders of defendants using paper forms. Currently, this data is collected, sorted, and entered into a database by members of PROP. However, this system is unsustainable and unscalable. To combat this, we have partnered with ADI to create an app to scan in the data collected on the form directly into a spreadsheet format. This app will also contain directions and information to make it as easy as possible for anyone to get started court monitoring. We hope that this will increase the number of court monitors to get a wider data set, that can then be disseminated to the public to raise awareness and enact real change in the justice system.






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