Data dashboards complement justice reform

Residents have opportunity to assess crime and justice statistics

A new set of online data dashboards about criminal prosecutions went live Oct. 29, providing citizens with the opportunity to better understand and analyze the British Columbia justice system’s operations.

The data dashboards, online graphics showing crime and justice statistics, align with the B.C. Liberal government’s action plan for justice reform. The new criminal justice data dashboards, which expand on the courts and corrections dashboards launched earlier this year, offer B.C. criminal prosecution statistics for the past eight years.

Taking raw data and transforming it into a visually friendly format by plotting it onto interactive maps of B.C. helps to create a more common understanding of the justice system’s day-to-day operations. Users are also able to query the data and generate their results into bar graphs.

100 Mile House does not appear on the dashboards. The closest cities with data are Williams Lake and Kamloops.

Justice Minister and Attorney General Shirley Bond: “These online data dashboards are part of our government’s action plan to develop evidence-based approaches for our justice system that will ultimately improve outcomes for British Columbians.

“By encouraging the public and interested stakeholders to access open justice data, we are opening the door to citizen-led solutions and helping to create a broader understanding of the functions of B.C.’s justice system as it undergoes systemic reform.”

This project continues the government of B.C.’s efforts to modernize the justice system. The data dashboards help to outline the system’s strengths and challenges and allow for long-term performance analyses.

The dashboard can be found at: www.justicebcdashboard.bimeapp.com/players/dashboard/chargeassessment.

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