Justice & Digital Information
The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) works to place people with criminal records into work situations by helping them through the process of getting prior convictions dismissed. When potentially derogatory information is dismissed from a person's record in the court system, the dismissal is not always registered immediately with various data collection firms (private data brokers) and errors can appear in background checks and jeopardize chances at employment.
This project aims to analyze how information flows between government agencies in the criminal justice system and how it is then collected by private data brokers. Of particular interest is how and when errors may be introduced into these records and how processes and systems can be improved to avoid or minimize such errors.