Council of State Governments
  • 20-Nov-2018 to 19-Dec-2019 (EST)
  • Justice Center, Corrections & Reentry
  • DC, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) is a national nonprofit organization that provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies, informed by available evidence, to increase public safety and strengthen communities. In general, the CSG Justice Center works closely with legislative leaders, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocates, and others to develop consensus on various, often highly politicized, criminal justice issues and to translate this consensus into comprehensive reports, policy briefs, state and federal legislation, model policies, and innovative programs. The CSG Justice Center not only develops written and web-based materials, but also provides on-the-ground technical assistance to cross-systems policymakers and practitioners from multiple systems (corrections, mental health, housing, etc.), in state and local jurisdictions.


The CSG Justice Center will hire two legal fellows to conduct state-level policy research on access to post-secondary education (including occupational training leading to a credential) for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in all 50 states. The research methods will include analyses of databases, such as the National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction (NICCC), LexisNexis and State Net; digital scans of policies, publications, and funding streams; and surveys and interviews.  The legal fellows will work as part of a team to inventory policies, synthesize  and track information, and identify trends and new areas of research.


Specific responsibilities of the policy associate include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Gather, analyze, and code:
    • current and pending legislation on access to post-secondary education for people who are incarcerated and formerly incarcerated;
    • information on state correctional policies regarding access to post-secondary education programs and credentials through online research, surveys, emails, and phone calls;
    • information on probation, parole, and state entitlement policies regarding access to post-secondary education programs and credentials for people with criminal records;
    • information on state higher education system restrictions for people with criminal records in admissions, housing, and financial aid;
    • information on the use of technology in post-secondary educational programs in state prisons;
  • Participate actively in team and division meetings.


  • An analytical mind and excellent research and writing skills;
  • Efficient, organized work style and an ability to prioritize quickly and confidently and manage a demanding workload.
  • Ability to synthesize and translate large amounts of information into user-friendly language;
  • Ability to think critically about policies and practices and to identify policies that may not be explicit or well-defined;
  • Attention to detail and accuracy as well as an entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to work independently and as part of a team;

At least one year of work experience, ideally, in the field of criminal justice and/or higher education. Experience with legal research, including Lexis Nexis, required.

A JD is required, although bar admission is not necessary.


  • Frequently communicates with internal and external coworkers and customers;
  • Frequently views the computer to create policy briefs, memos, and presentations;
  • Frequently remains in a sitting position to perform desk duties;
  • Frequently uses the computer with fingers and hands;
  • Frequently works in a well-lit, tempered room;
  • Occasionally walks throughout office to communicate to coworkers;
  • Seldom lifts objects, such as files or paper boxes, with weight up to 25 pounds.

Interested individuals should upload the following elements (in pdf format) with their application:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. One or two writing samples (preferably no more than three pages)
  4. Names and contact information for references (at least two)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled)

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