Measures for Justice (MFJ) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing transparency to the criminal justice system to enable more informed discussions and decision-making about what happens in the system from arrest to post-conviction. We do this by collecting existing criminal justice data from counties to populate a series of performance measures that address public safety, fiscal responsibility, and fair process. In May 20117 we successfully launched a free Data Portal with data for over 370 counties across six states. For the first time, criminal justice practitioners, third-party groups, academics, journalists, and citizens can compare counties on a set of novel Measures, all of which can be filtered by a series of filters such as race, sex, and age.
We’re just getting started with our data collection in California, and the first step involves understanding the availability and accessibility of data. We want someone who is inquisitive and proactive to perform in-depth research while also engaging and tactful to liaise with justice stakeholders. As a member of MFJ’s Data Outreach team, you will be based in California working under the direction of the regional Data Outreach Manager (DOM) and the Assistant Director of Data Outreach.
This role will present MFJ’s research to practitioners, and assist with scheduling, detailed note-taking, submitting data requests, finalizing receipt of data, tracking progress, and attending in-person meetings. It will require frequent travel through California to attend meetings with criminal justice stakeholders in each of California’s 58 counties (e.g., Sheriffs, District Attorneys, Public Defenders, Court Clerks, Judges, etc.). The role will require conducting substantial research and coordination with state and county stakeholders to map California’s data infrastructure and identify where case-level criminal justice data are located and how they may be accessed. The Data Outreach Associate will work with the DOM to identify potential infrastructure issues/improvements, and other tasks as may be assigned to address gaps in California disposition data.
1-3 years in a relevant field, strong preference given to those with knowledge of the criminal justice system.
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Graduate degree (Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law, Public Policy and Public Administration preferred) or commensurate experience.
The position will begin immediately, under a full-time, eighteen month, temporary employment contract. We offer very competitive pay, flexible time, and an inviting work environment.
If you’re interested, please send us your resume, a cover letter and two references to [email protected]. The email should have the subject line: “No data, no change.” Please specify your current location and that you are applying for the Data Outreach Associate position. We will continue to receive applications until the position is filled.
It is the policy of Measures for Justice to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Measures for Justice will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.