With a 19-year career in law enforcement, Jarrett Gorlin has built technology-based solutions to improve how the public interacts with courts and probation offices.
“When you spend that much time in law enforcement, you see and learn how things can be done better. Government sometimes isn’t the most innovative of organizations in the world. It does take those technology-spirited people to bring things to the forefront.”
His first entrepreneurial venture was with Judicial Correction Services, which privatized misdemeanor probation services through an online probation Case Management System. He ultimately grew the company to be in 270 cities in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi with over 600 employees.
Recognizing that his team had a knack for building GovTech software, Gorlin decided to take on the issues found with traffic courts back in 2019, which Gorlin said is the way most individuals only interact with a court.
With a misdemeanor traffic ticket, Gorlin said that “you have two choices in life: If you get a ticket, you either pay it, or you go waste half a day, in a courtroom, dealing with it.”
Judicial Innovations built a web-based solution to dispute or pay a traffic ticket online.
Gorlin said that the platform handled upwards of 60% of cases online, thus keeping people out of the physical traffic courtroom while also making courts more efficient.
The platform launched in February in Metro Atlanta.
For Gorlin, the platform can also help alleviate cumbersome Zoom court appearances that have become standard over the course of the pandemic.
“Justice should be fair across the board. I may have the ability to take off work anytime to go deal with a traffic ticket, but some people are in that position.”
From home, users can search for their ticket and the rest of the process, Gorlin said, “is like walking through the doors of the courtroom.” Upon watching a video version of the reading of rights, users can enter their plea, which is then submitted to the solicitor for review.
The company is right at nine people.