The Center for Court Innovation is committed to reducing crime and incarceration, addressing violence, supporting survivors, and building communities while strengthening public trust in justice. The Center seeks justice for marginalized groups, bringing an equity lens – particularly a racial and gender equity lens – to its work. For 25 years, the Center has worked to foster justice and equity to create safe, healthy, and thriving communities and, ultimately, to transform the justice system.
The Center is an 800-employee, $100 million nonprofit that accomplishes its vision through three pillars of work: creating and scaling operating programs to test new ideas and solve problems, performing original research to determine what works (and what doesn’t), and providing expert assistance and policy guidance to justice reformers around the world.
The Center’s operating programs, including the award-winning Red Hook Community Justice Center and Midtown Community Court, test new ideas, solve difficult problems, and attempt to achieve systemic change within the justice system. Our projects include community-based violence prevention programs, alternatives to incarceration, reentry initiatives, and court-based initiatives that reduce the use of unnecessary incarceration and promote positive individual and family change. Through this programming, we have produced tangible results like safer streets, reduced incarceration, and improved neighborhood perceptions of justice.
Researchers at the Center conduct independent evaluations, documenting how government systems work, how neighborhoods function, and how reform efforts change things. We believe in the “action research” model; accordingly, our researchers provide regular feedback on the results of the Center’s own operating programs. The Center has published studies on topics including youth in the sex trade, reentry, gun violence, and drug treatment as an alternative to incarceration. Our researchers have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.
Policy & Expert Assistance
The Center provides hands-on, planning and implementation assistance to a wide range of jurisdictions in areas of reform such as problem-solving courts (e.g., community courts, treatment courts, domestic violence courts), tribal justice, reducing incarceration and the use of fines/fees and reducing crime and violence. Our current expert assistance takes many forms, including help with analyzing data, strategic planning and consultation, policy guidance, and hosting site visits to its operating programs in the New York City area.
Bronx Community Solutions
Operating out of Bronx County Criminal Court, Bronx Community Solutions (BCS) is an initiative that seeks to reengineer the response to low-level crime in the Bronx. By providing judges with additional sentencing options for non-violent offenders, Bronx Community Solutions reduces the reliance on short-term jail sentences and offers defendants the assistance they need to avoid further court involvement. Bronx Community Solutions offers an array of programming, including diversion, pre-trial, and alternatives to incarceration, for both youth and adults in the Bronx and focuses on engaging those with current or past legal system involvement.
Bronx Community Solutions is seeking a Compliance & Intake Specialist for the Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) Program. Reporting to the Coordinator of Internship Development and Compliance, the Compliance & Intake Specialist will assist the Compliance Manager, ATI with the day to day operations of data collection and management to ensure the effectiveness of proper compliance reporting. In addition, support will be provided to the intake department via direct client service.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Enter attendance records from community service sites stationed throughout the Bronx;
- Create daily memos listing clients’ mandates and their outcomes in the BCS program;
- Write failure notices for clients who fail to complete their mandates and distributing these notices to the Alternative Sanctions Compliance office so that arrest warrants may be ordered for errant clients;
- Write completion letters for clients who complete their mandates and need proof of their completion, whether for the Court or for outside agencies, such as the Department of Probation and employers;
- Report on compliance to other BCS staff stationed within the courtroom, which includes providing detailed case information when clients are returned to the courts on a warrant so that courtroom staff can testify as to clients’ compliance;
- Daily review of court memos
- Call clients who are in non-compliance with their social service or community service mandates and compelling them to appear in the BCS office to reschedule;
- Conduct intakes and needs-based screenings for newly mandated participants;
- Explain program requirements and expectations to participants;
- Assist with scheduling and rescheduling mandated participants for intakes and a variety of onsite and off-site services;
- Conduct monthly program manager meetings to discuss program compliance measures and strategies to ensure all protocols are being met;
- Assist with auditing and monthly data cleanup;
- Attend all required staff meetings and trainings;
- Additional tasks as needed.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and one year of experience working in a criminal court setting and/or human service field. Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a culturally-competent manner required. Candidate must have a professional demeanor and ability to communicate appropriately with judges and other court personnel. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication and writing skills required. Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred.
Compensation: The compensation range for this position is $27.99 - $34.01 per hour based on a 35-hour work week and is commensurate with experience. This position is eligible for overtime at 1.5x the hourly rate above 40 hours per week. The Center for Court Innovation offers an excellent benefits package including comprehensive healthcare with a national network, free basic dental coverage, vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, and flexible spending accounts including commuter FSA. We prioritize mental health care for our staff and offer services like Talkspace and Ginger through our healthcare plans. We offer a 403(b) retirement plan with a two-to-one employer contribution up to 5%.
The Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other category protected by law. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.
As of September 9, 2021, all new hires are required to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for medical, disability or religious reasons by the Center’s Human Resources Department.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.