Why We Are Building JusticeText

Our founding team began attending college in Chicago in 2015. During the November of our freshman year, a dash cam video was released revealing that a 17-year-old, unarmed African American boy by the name of Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer. In the aftermath of this tragedy, the city saw a proliferation of facial recognition software, gang databases, and predictive policing tools - all applications of technology designed to expedite arrest and incarceration.

In our increasingly technology-dependent criminal justice system, there was an utter lack of technological solutions built with empathy for the communities most directly affected by it. And that is exactly why we started building JusticeText.

As technologists of color, our work is grounded in both a sociological and historical appreciation for the complexities of the American criminal justice system—with its gaping faults and inequality but also its capacity for reform. In building this organization, we are committed to strengthening the capacity of our public institutions to ensure criminal legal representation for all Americans, regardless of income.

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Our Team

We are building a team of empathetic and kind technologists with a commitment to racial and economic justice.

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    Devshi Mehrotra

    Devshi is a Schwarzman Scholar and Obama Foundation Community Leader recognized for her work at the intersection of tech and impact.

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    Leslie Jones-Dove

    Leslie is a full-stack engineer with extensive technical experience scaling web products across Google and JP Morgan.

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    Oscar Hull

    Oscar is an engineering wizard from Mexico who loves working with fast-paced and mission-driven startup teams.

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    Everistus Olumese

    Everistus is a full-stack developer originally from Nigeria with a passion for working in early-stage startups.

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    Laura Jiang

    Laura is a student at Oregon State who enjoys working at the intersection of engineering, product, and design

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    Mike Deng

    Mike is passionate about designing technology products for social good and is a strong mental health advocate.

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    Madeline Kalil

    Madeline is a computer science student at UPennn and former Google intern who cares deeply about social justice.