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Data and Policy Fellow (One Year F/T)

For The People
Oakland, CA
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

About For The People

For The People (FTP) works with prosecutors, system leaders, community members, and incarcerated people to reduce the number of people serving excessive sentences. We are activating the incredible power of prosecutors to join the fight to end mass incarceration. Through direct partnerships, we work with prosecutors to reduce and redress the harms caused by our criminal justice system. 


We secured the passage, and are leading the implementation of Prosecutor-Initiated Resentencing (PIR), the California law that allows prosecutors to reevaluate past sentences and facilitate prison release for those serving excessive sentences. We work with elected Prosecutors to reevaluate past sentences and, where it can be shown that a current sentence is no longer in the interest of justice, we support the prosecuting agencies through the resentencing and prison release process. We support prosecution offices in: launching Resentencing Units; providing training and technical assistance during onboarding and implementation; and forging partnerships with community leaders and reentry providers. We also support incarcerated people, their loved ones, and community-based organizations in preparing requests for resentencing and guidance on best practices on how to humanize stories for law enforcement audiences. We are now expanding our California model by training and supporting prosecuting agencies in other jurisdictions to implement resentencing policies and forging community partnerships to strengthen community trust. For more information, please visit


About the Position

FTP seeks a passionate and driven individual to serve as a full-time Data and Policy Fellow for a one year contract.  The Data and Policy Fellow will report to the Senior Policy Associate at FTP.


20-25% of the Data and Policy Fellow’s time will be spent on a specific project being conducted in partnership with the Possibility Lab at UC Berkeley. The Data and Policy Fellow will thus also work closely with a data scientist and graduate student researcher at the Possibility Lab. FTP has partnered with the Possibility Lab to develop proof of concept for a tool that would create greater efficiency in the process of reviewing cases for resentencing.  As part of the PIR process, cases identified for possible resentencing are summarized by parsing a prison C-file, which are files that contain substantial information about the person’s incarceration within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). This tool converts PDF prison C-files to an image, systematically extracts information necessary for case review from these files, and then stores this information in a dataset used for populating much of the information in a case review summary file. FTP is working with two California District Attorney Offices to begin implementation of the tool and test the impact of implementation on case review time. The Data and Policy Fellow will primarily support this project through the development of a progress dashboard and project management activities, among other tasks.


This position offers a unique opportunity to be part of a collaborative team that is focused on helping facilitate change within DA offices, reducing the number of people involved in our juvenile and adult criminal justice systems, improving conditions for those who remain incarcerated, providing meaningful opportunities for success for those rejoining our communities, and shaping criminal justice policies to help build a better justice system in California and beyond.


Scope of Responsibilities


General Responsibilities

  • Assist with collection and cleaning of relevant datasets, and create “data snapshot” reports and presentations (containing descriptive analyses and data visualizations of county prison population data) for partner counties.
  • Assist with project management and track the timeline/progress of state expansion efforts and partnerships with elected offices, state-based and national stakeholder organizations, and other external partners.
  • Provide support in coordinating and attending meetings with elected officials, local advocates, and other national partners, as well as drafting meeting agendas and taking notes.
  • Attend and provide brief report backs for relevant legislative hearings and webinars.
  • Track relevant legislation, policy initiatives, and news at federal and local levels, and regularly update internal tracking documents with relevant information on national landscape of Prosecutor-Initiated Resentencing.
  • Conduct research and create written materials (including memos, summaries, policy briefs, fact sheets, and talking points) related to PIR, as needed.
  • Assist with review, copyediting, and checking citations of written materials related to FTP policy work.
  • Assist with creation of presentation slide decks, as needed.
  • Maintain and continue to develop an understanding of emerging policies and research around sentencing and other issues related to the criminal justice system through monitoring publications and participating in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities.

For The People Project in Partnership with The Possibility Lab

  • Lead development of a progress dashboard for the DA Offices.
  • Act as a liaison with the DA Offices through helping translate project progress to the DA Offices and incorporating needs of the Offices into the dashboard.
  • Work closely with the Possibility Lab data scientist.
  • Assist with project management.
  • Assist in reviewing data analysis of prison population datasets, creating relevant data visualization, and improving the process.


  • Interest in criminal justice policy, social justice, and righting historical wrongs that resulted in excessive sentencing and mass incarceration.
  • Is a team player and demonstrates a positive, can-do attitude focused on identifying solutions.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment with a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage projects in a remote environment and ensure the completion of projects on schedule.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to manage tasks independently.
  • A strong working proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, Google Docs, Box or equivalent, and PowerPoint or equivalent.
  • Previous experience with data visualization and data management is required, with experience building dashboards preferred. Experience with statistical programming is preferred but not required: Python, STATA, R, and Microsoft Power BI.
  • Experience working with diverse communities and a deep commitment to social justice and impacting change.
  • Experience supporting the work of organizations, staff, and consultants.


  • Anticipated salary range $60,000 - $70,000 for the one year contract.
  • 100%-paid benefits package for the employee only, including medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, holidays and paid time off.  Retirement plan available.
  • 25 hours of professional development/coaching.

How To Apply

We are currently accepting applications through: 11:59 PM ET, Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will subsequently be scheduled on a rolling basis up until the deadline.  Interested applicants should submit the information below to our portal at


  • a resume; and
  • a cover letter that describes your qualifications as well as your interest in criminal justice and social justice, specifically, by answering the following questions:
    1. What previous experiences and/or projects have you been involved in that best highlight your skill and expertise that will support the data, policy, and project management aspects of this work?
    2. Why is this work important to you?


If you need any accommodations to support your application process, please email 


Work Location: The Data and Policy Fellow may choose to work in-person at our Oakland, California office, remotely, or a hybrid.  The applicant may be a resident of CA, DC or NY.  The supervisor for this position works from a remote location and would supervise the Fellow exclusively remotely, while the primary partner for this project is based in the Bay Area.


Questions: Questions about this opportunity can be sent to May Lim, Senior Policy Associate, at

For the People is an equal opportunity employer and wants our staff to reflect the communities we serve.  We strongly encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including formerly incarcerated and/or system-involved individuals.  We look at each applicant’s full experience and consider each applicant.  We encourage people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply.  Individuals with lived experience of the criminal justice system and its impacts are strongly encouraged to apply.

For The People


Oakland, CA
94612 USA



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