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Justice System Datasets
The Justice Gap legal needs report: https://www.lsc.gov/sites/default/files/images/TheJusticeGap-FullReport.pdf Legal Services Corporation, the Congressionally-funded group commissioned a 2017 research study into the most common civil legal needs of people in the US
Data on Justice Innovation and Legal Aid Work
Legal Services Corporation Grant Activities reports, 2008-2015, stored on Data.gov, https://catalog.data.gov/dataset/legal-services-corporation-grant-activities-reports-2008-2015
Legal aid grantee work, pro bono, and tech from Legal Services Corporation, on their Tableau Public workbooks of data visualizations: https://public.tableau.com/profile/legal.services.corporation#!/
General Data on Poverty and Inequality
US Census Poverty Datasets: https://www.census.gov/topics/income-poverty/poverty/data/datasets.html,
- 2017 US Census data on Income and Poverty in the United States: https://www.census.gov/data/tables/2018/demo/income-poverty/p60-263.html
- along with Poverty Data tools https://www.census.gov/topics/income-poverty/poverty/data/data-tools.html
Opportunity Insights Data Library: https://opportunityinsights.org/data/, This data collection has publicly available data about social mobility, exposure to innovation, life expectancy, income, and other factors related to poverty and opportunity.
General Court + Justice System Data
Measures for Justice criminal justice system datasets: https://measuresforjustice.org/portal/
US Department of Justice data inventory, with many different public datasets https://www.justice.gov/open/inventory.php
Bureau of Justice Statistics data on prisons, jails, law enforcement, parole, crime victims, state criminal courts, and other points of data: https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=dca
Civil Justice Survey of State Courts: from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, last data available — 2005, https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=dcdetail&iid=242, and the supplemental survey of Civil Appeals: https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=dcdetail&iid=402. See an alternative listing at the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data, which also includes the publications that have referenced the Civil Justice Survey, https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/NACJD/series/71/studies.
Maryland Judiciary case data: https://cluesearch.org/ scraped by Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
Gapminder Data Library: https://www.gapminder.org/data/
Supreme Court Database at Washington University in Saint Louis, with information about each case — the parties, the justices’ votes, the legal provisions at issue, etc. http://scdb.wustl.edu/
Housing + Eviction Datasets
Eviction Data in the US Library: https://evictionlab.org/map/
Anti-Eviction Mapping + Data in Bay Area, California: https://www.antievictionmap.com/
Who Owns What in NYC, from the tech non-profit JustFix: https://whoownswhat.justfix.nyc/
Data on consumer and corporate law
Consumer Complaint Database in the US, from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, https://www.consumerfinance.gov/data-research/consumer-complaints/
Credit card agreement database, from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, https://www.consumerfinance.gov/credit-cards/agreements/
Financial well-being survey data, from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, https://www.consumerfinance.gov/data-research/financial-well-being-survey-data/
Data on Policies, Access, and Rule of Law (big trends)
Rule of Law Index: http://data.worldjusticeproject.org/ , The World Justice Project constructs worldwide surveys about people’s legal needs and their ability to use the justice system.
Colombian Government Data on access to justice: http://formularios.dane.gov.co/Anda_4_1/index.php/home