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It’s Court Data Hack Night, the SQL.
On Nov. 9 at the University of Baltimore School of Law, the Baltimore Legal Hackers Meetup is holding an event to dig into Baltimore city’s court record database. According to an event description, it can provide a look at issues like the impact of cash bail or the effects of marijuana decriminalization. The data can also reveal insights like which neighborhoods have the most people locked up.
— Jason Tashea (@jtashea) April 27, 2017
Maryland attorney and technologist Emanwel Turnbull will be onhand to assist with digging into the database, including searching it in SQL and generally make sense of the information. Specifically, the database that is available will be a “sandboxed” version of the full haul, which has 20 million records. According to organizer Jason Tashea, no prior experience is not required.
“It will be a learning experience for all backgrounds,” he said, adding that the group decided to bring back the night after a successful debut in the spring.