The Police Data Initiative and the Data Driven Justice Initiative

In this episode I speak with Clarence Wardell and Kelly Jin about their mutual service as part of the White House's Police Data Initiative and Data Driven Justice Initiative respectively.

The Police Data Initiative was organized to use open data to increase transparency and community trust as well as to help police agencies use data for internal accountability. The PDI emerged from recommendations made by the Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

The Data Driven Justice Initiative was organized to help city, county, and state governments use data-driven strategies to help low-level offenders with mental illness get directed to the right services rather than into the criminal justice system.

Links to things referenced during the interviews

Clarence Wardell of the US Digital Services team at the White House

Clarence Wardell


Clarence Wardell III is a member of the U.S. Digital Service team at the White House, and was previously a Presidential Innovation Fellow. As a fellow he worked with the U.S. Department of Energy and the White House on open data initiatives. He co-organized and lead the White House Police Data Initiative, which is the topic I invited him here to discuss today.
Kelly Jin of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Kelly Jin


Kelly Jin serves as policy advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer and the Chief Data Scientist in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Previously, Kelly served as Citywide Analytics Manager at the City of Boston and helped build and co-led Boston's Analytics Team. In her current role, she's helping to scale the President's Data-Driven Justice (DDJ) initiative, which I've invited her here to discuss today.
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