JusticeText is a winner of Dream.org's $1M Justice Innovation Prize. Read more.

Our Team

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

Interested in joining our mission? Learn about our job openings here.

  • A51
    Devshi Mehrotra

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

  • A38
    Leslie Jones-Dove

    Leslie is a full-stack engineering leader with extensive technical experience scaling web products across companies like Google and JP Morgan.

  • A40
    Oscar Hull
    Senior Engineer

    Oscar is an engineering wizard from Mexico who loves working with fast-paced, mission-driven startup teams. He brings more than 10 years of experience. 

  • A59
    Sharon Tung
    Product Designer

    Sharon graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. She seeks to disrupt the status quo and humanize technology with her work.

  • A47
    Jon Ervin
    Chief of Staff

    Jon is an engineering graduate from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who brings years of experience across management consulting and philanthropic investing.

  • A55
    Caroline Hanson
    Customer Success

    Caroline is a University of Chicago graduate with a degree in Public Policy and Computer Science. She is passionate about improving access to justice for everyone.

  • A43
    Marcos Soares

    Marcos is a versatile software engineer from Brazil. He believes in the value of work and is constantly improving his skills to deliver the most significant value to the team.

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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.