The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit dedicated to creating a more humane and effective justice system. We operate at the cutting edge of criminal justice reform in the New York area by developing, planning, launching, and managing large-scale projects that serve thousands of justice-involved people each year. Our projects have been documented to reduce the use of incarceration and conviction, while improving public safety and increasing public confidence in government. Our projects include the award-winning Red Hook Community Justice Center, the Midtown Community Court, Bronx Community Solutions, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, Staten Island Justice Center, and Newark Community Solutions. We also operate supervised release programs (as an alternative to bail) in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island; Project Reset, an early diversion program in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn; young adult courts in Brooklyn and Manhattan; and a new felony alternative-to-incarceration program in Manhattan. Our criminal justice programs work with nearly 30,000 individuals each year—with the prospect of more in the days to come. Our goal is to create a criminal justice system that offers meaningful and proportionate outcomes, that treats everyone with dignity and respect, and that strengthens communities and supports victims.
Bronx Community Solutions, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, and the Staten Island Justice Center are each seeking multiple social workers for the Supervised Release Program. Supervised Release offers an alternative to jail, providing pretrial supervision, case management, and voluntary social services to people charged with misdemeanor and non-violent felony offenses. Defendants are monitored to ensure appearance at their court dates, and they receive referrals to community-based programming such as job training, drug treatment, and mental health counseling. Following legislative changes in New York State that curtail the use of cash bail and pre-trial detention, the Center is anticipating dramatic growth in the population it will serve through Supervised Release, offering social workers and other staff the opportunity to contribute to an exciting program expansion at an unprecedented scale. As part of this expansion, the Supervised Release Program will provide services to a growing youth population and take on bail-eligible felony and misdemeanor charges, including violent felony offenses.
Social Workers will be responsible for monitoring a caseload of program participants, referring participants to voluntary social service interventions, and helping promote compliance with pretrial release conditions. The Social Worker will stay in regular contact with participants, including facilitating in-person case management meetings and sending frequent court date reminders. The Social Worker will also facilitate groups and assist in development of onsite services for participants. Additionally, the Social Worker will be in communication with attorneys’ offices, community-based providers, and draft memos to keep the court informed of participants’ compliance.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Complete intakes of participants and administer risk and need assessment tool;
- Provide comprehensive, clinically-informed case management services to participants including regular in-person meetings and phone calls; this may include communication with clients on nights and weekends;
- Perform voluntary individual counseling sessions as needed;
- Facilitate group sessions for program participants;
- Conduct outreach to collateral sources as needed to provide supervision and court monitoring;
- Communicate with community-based service providers to facilitate, follow-up and assist participants with voluntary service referrals;
- Complete all necessary documentation and input data into computer database;
- Monitor and report compliance to court stakeholders and work with defense and prosecution to bring program participants into compliance as needed;
- Attend staff meetings and on-going trainings as well as participate in community events;
- Provide Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) clinical services to mandated clients, as needed;
- Assist with the development of on-site programming that is responsive to participants’ needs;
- Assist with data collection;
- Assist with other programming as needed.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess a Master’s in Social Work or an equivalent Master’s level counseling degree; recent MSW graduates are encouraged to apply. Candidates must either be currently licensed or obtain LMSW licensure in New York State within 90 days of hire. Excellent written skills are a must. Candidate must be a skilled communicator able to work in a multi-disciplinary setting and maintain strong relationships with multiple agencies and organizations both onsite and in the community. Prior experience with the criminal justice system and/or justice-involved communities is a plus – in particular, experience working with youth and young adults, individuals experiencing domestic violence, mental health issues, substance use disorder, and/or homelessness.
Position Type: Full-time.
Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, dental and life insurance, four weeks paid vacation, paid sick time, TransitChek, Flexible Spending Account plans for health and dependent care, a 403(b) retirement plan and a 401(k) retirement plan with a generous employer match.