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Nov. 7, 2017 10:51 am

You don’t need database experience to dig into Baltimore court records

On Nov. 9, Court Data Hack Night offers a chance to learn.

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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.

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.

Register below:

Court Data Hack Night Redux

Thursday, Nov 9, 2017, 6:00 PM

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University of Baltimore School of Law
1401 N. Charles Street Baltimore, MD

20 Members Attending

Back by popular demand, we are hosting our second SQL training of the year.Join us to learn how to dig into Baltimore City’s court record database. With the help of Maryland attorney and technologist Emanwel Turnbull, lawyers, data scientists, and technologists will have a chance to be introduced to the database, learn how to search it, and make s…

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Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is Market Editor for Technical.ly Baltimore and Technical.ly DC. A graduate of Northeastern University, he moved to Baltimore following stints in New Orleans and Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Baltimore Fishbowl, NOLA Defender, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune and the Rio Grande Sun.

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