By Olivia Arena and Kathryn L.S. Pettit, Urban Institute
CivTech St. Louis began as a partnership between Rise and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership; GlobalHack; and LaunchCode. The CivTech St. Louis team recognized that data and technology could bridge the information gap and prevent people from going to jail for nonviolent, mostly traffic, offenses. The result was YourSTLCourts, an open-source website and text tool that pulls real-time data on tickets from most St. Louis area courts into a single clear interface. Residents can search by their citation number, their driver’s license number, or the location where they received their ticket. Additionally, a short message service (SMS) tool enables residents to receive text messages with court updates. The website also helps residents navigate the court system with information about what to expect in court and community service options. See other case studies in the series about Boston and Washington, D.C.