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|Job Title:||Pretrial Supervision Specialist, New Orleans Office|
|Organization:||Vera Institute of Justice|
|Description:||The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, and New Orleans, and its projects and reform initiatives, typically conducted in partnership with local, state, or national officials, are located across the United States and around the world. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.
Vera?s New Orleans office seeks a Pretrial Supervision Specialist for New Orleans Pretrial Services, which the office administers. New Orleans Pretrial Services provides a risk assessment of defendants in the criminal justice system to aid the court in making appropriate pretrial release and detention decisions. New Orleans Pretrial Services is expanding operations to include supervision services that support the release of additional persons and reduce the risk of failure to appear or the risk of re-arrest. The Pretrial Supervision Specialist will assist in the development and implementation of the pretrial supervision program and conduct direct supervision operations once the program is implemented. Direct supervision will include providing oversight to defendants who have been released with non-financial conditions of release.
The Pretrial Supervision Specialist?s duties include the following:
- Participate in the development of the supervision program;
- Assess defendants for the required and appropriate level of supervisory requirements and prepare a written supervision plan for each;
- Meet with defendants to ensure they are familiar with the conditions of release, the role of the supervision specialist, and the supervision plan;
- Establish and maintain a schedule of periodic contacts, including field visits with defendants consistent with the court order and supervision plan;
- Assess and identify community referral needs for defendants, identify community service providers, assist with initial appointments for services, and verify client attendance and progress;
- Maintain the court date reminder log and make reminder phone calls;
- Provide ongoing reminders to supervised defendants of scheduled court dates and any other court ordered scheduled activities.
- Address any barriers defendants have meeting court appearances or compliance with court-ordered activities;
- Coordinate with other agencies providing pretrial supervision to defendants, including drug testing, electronic monitoring, or intensive probation;
- Maintain accurate and confidential records on each defendant;
- Prepare summaries and reports on supervision activities.
- Input data on supervision activities into database system.
- Identify and implement appropriate measures to achieve compliance with court ordered conditions to ensure safety in the community and appearance in court;
- Periodically assess defendants for appropriate modification of pretrial conditions of release or supervision plan and prepare request to court when modification of court order is appropriate;
- Inform court through written reports of non-compliance with pretrial conditions of release;
- Testify in court in revocation proceedings as required; and
- Coordinate and cooperate with the Public Defender, the District Attorney, the Court, and other agencies in the criminal justice system, and provide information on status of defendants when appropriate.
- Master?s degree in social work, criminal justice, or related field strongly preferred;
- Three years of relevant experience preferred;
- Interest in social justice, commitment to fairness, and demonstrated knowledge of criminal justice issues;
- Extremely strong work ethic and a commitment to working within a team;
- Strong organizational skills;
- Excellent communication skills;
- Ability and willingness to work with individuals in the criminal justice system and, on occasion, in a correctional facility;
- Experience working with system-involved individuals strongly preferred; and
- Fluency in Spanish desired.
- Position contingent upon clearance by criminal history background check.
Work will consist of variable hours, including possibly evenings and weekends.
Commensurate with experience with salary in 40?s. Excellent benefits.
Please submit cover letter and resume. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, a quick review process is anticipated, as is a start date of early September.
Online submission is preferred.
However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to
ATTN: Human Resources / NOLA Supervision Specialist recruitment Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway, 12th Flr.
New York, NY 10279
Fax: (212) 941-9407
Please use only one method of submission (online, mail or fax).
No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
The Vera Institute of Justice values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.