Posted January 18, 2022
JusticeText is excited to share that we will be working with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDSDC), where the agency’s Investigation’s Division will use JusticeText’s platform to analyze audio recordings and video footage.
PDSDC was founded in 1970 with the intention of providing legal representation for indigent adults and children in criminal trials who can not afford an attorney. They specialize in serious criminal cases filed in the District of Columbia Superior Court and represent an array of clients, from adults facing parole revocation to children in delinquency cases with learning disabilities.
The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia is considered a model defender organization partly because of their leadership in the space of public defense. From pioneering efforts to help their clients attain rehabilitative services to training their attorneys to use forensic evidence in court, PDSDC has risen to the challenge of serving their clients in multifaceted and comprehensive ways.
PDSDC’s investigators are currently using JusticeText’s platform to aid them in searching for trial evidence. Without using this kind of software, the practice of scrutinizing audio video recordings to find important insights can be an arduous, time-consuming process. Investigators on tight deadlines, faced with high volumes of data, find it extremely inefficient to carefully peruse through all available data to find evidence that can be used in a case.
Chief of Investigations Faheemah Davillier shared that “there's a lot of manpower and hours that go into transcribing and reviewing” and was impressed by the program’s ability to digest high volumes of content.
JusticeText’s platform simplifies the process of video evidence analysis for investigators. Through generating transcripts from video footage that produce timestamps and collect keywords, the software helps PDSDC investigators analyze footage and extract insights much more efficiently.
Investigative Specialist Carter Deane shared, “[JusticeText] will save countless hours, and will ultimately benefit our clients.”
JusticeText will continue to serve PDSDC in their efforts to provide quality defense counsel for their clients. JusticeText hopes that their evidence management software will not only improve The Service’s ability to use body camera footage in their cases but assist them as leaders in public defense, who can use technology and data to positively affect the lives of their clients.
"PDSDC has played an important part in shaping our product's development from the very beginning of our journey. We are proud to be supporting an organization that has championed quality indigent defense for decades."
If you are an attorney looking to make sense of high volumes of audiovisual discovery, there are many ways in which you can utilize JusticeText to streamline your pre-trial preparation process. Reach out today to learn about how you can get started with JusticeText.