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Job Description


The Justice System Administrator will work under the supervision of the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office’s (OPSO) Compliance Director to safely reduce the detained population under the custody of OPSO. This position will review the population on an ongoing basis to identify: 1) defendants who may be safely released, 2) defendants held in other parishes who should be in the Orleans Justice Center for upcoming court dates, and 3) court matters that have been unduly delayed.

Once such defendants and cases have been identified, the Justice System Administrator will coordinate with the Police Department, Sheriff’s Office, Municipal & Traffic Court, Criminal District Court, Criminal District Court Clerk’s Office, Public Defender, District Attorney, and Probation and Parole to develop individual and systemic solutions for those defendants and cases. The Justice System Administrator will not reverse discretionary decisions made by judges, the district attorney and other criminal justice system decision makers. Instead, this position will collaborate with a variety of system actors to change or develop processes that minimize reliance on secure detention.

The Justice System Administrator will have a seat on the Jail Population Management (JPM) Subcommittee, which is a subcommittee of the New Orleans Criminal Justice Council. The JPM Subcommittee provides oversight and accountability for the city’s jail population reduction plan, as part of the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge (see below). This body meets monthly to review jail population trends and to discuss successes and challenges in implementing the activities of the jail population reduction plan. With the hire of this position, this group will also review in-depth population trends and systemic challenges that result in jail stays that are longer than necessary, as identified by the Justice System Administrator.


In April 2016, the MacArthur Foundation awarded New Orleans $1.5 million to implement a plan to reduce the jail population 21% by mid-2018, and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system. The two-year grant is a part of the Safety and Justice Challenge—the Foundation’s $75 million initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. The Challenge is establishing a network of jurisdictions to model and inspire effective local criminal justice reforms across the country.

New Orleans will use the Foundation’s support to address the main drivers of local incarceration. The plan, which was developed in partnership among the Mayor’s Office, criminal justice agencies and several community takeholders, focuses on: 1) risk-based decision making; 2) alternatives to arrest for people with mental health and substance abuse problems; 3) opportunities for release and diversion; and 4) coordination among all agencies and at all decision points.


Determine Appropriate Housing Location for Individuals under OPSO Custody

The number of individuals under custody of OPSO currently exceeds local capacity at the Orleans Justice Center. Some detainees are therefore temporarily housed in facilities across the state. One of the first priorities of the Justice System Administrator will be to:

Assist the Compliance Director in optimal population-wide housing decisions. The objective is to prevent disruptions in case processing due to transport or logistical inefficiencies;
Create a weekly quality control system to ensure that individuals who are docketed for upcomingcourt dates are transported smoothly and timely back to Orleans Parish. Conversely, ensure that an individual is not transported if his or her appearance is not required. This will involve coordinatingwith clerk staff, defense attorneys, and staff at other facilities; and
Create a referral system whereby judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys can submit to a singlepoint of entry any notice of: changes in case status, special circumstances regarding a defendant, orgrievances about a transport situation, etc.

Coordinate with the Criminal Justice System to Intervene in Individual Cases

The Justice System Administrator will establish productive working relationships with criminal justice agency leaders and staff. In collaboration with them, the Justice System Administrator will identify and then make two types of interventions at the individual level to prevent excessive lengths of stay:

Increase release from detention for individuals who are identified to be, for example,

Lower risk pretrial status and not a threat the public safety
Sentenced and awaiting transport to Department of Corrections custody
Mentally ill and in need of community-based treatment and services
Suitable for less costly and more effective alternatives to detention

Increase efficiency of case processing for individuals who are not suitable for release from detention but who, for example,

Have case circumstances that makes them eligible for swift processing
Have multiple matters processed consecutively instead of concurrently
Are arrested on a warrant but not docketed for court appearance promptly

Develop and Maintain Jail and System Data

Work with IT professionals in local criminal justice agencies to establish systems and data integration (where possible) to facilitate access to data pertinent to identifying and addressing individuals suitable for intervention;
Work with local criminal justice agencies to develop and maintain a data system to monitor the current jail population and identify categories of cases appropriate for intervention;
Gather data from multiple sources, primarily the courts, pretrial services and the jail, and with the support of analytic staff, conduct simple analyses relevant to the population under the custody of the Sheriff’s Office;
Use data system to quantify activities and results through savings in bed days; and
Flag defendants who may have a mental illness or substance use disorder, and may be amenable forrelease to community care.

Facilitate Monthly Jail Population Trend Reviews

At the monthly Jail Population Management Subcommittee meetings, and with the support of staff analysts, facilitate a conversation about average daily population, special populations, demographic and case type breakdown of the population, lengths of stay, and other key trends;
Drawing from experiences with individual-level interventions and jail data, present recurring issues that drive the population, propose group-level interventions, and facilitate discussion to reach consensus on solutions;
Empirically demonstrate how and why cases are delayed, the impact on bed days and daily population, and how many individuals unnecessarily remain in jail;
Assist staff analysts in the development of data dashboards for the jail and criminal justice system;
Monitor the criminal justice system and the inmate population to ascertain emerging trends that will potentially influence inmate population levels;
In partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Coordination and staff analysts, develop and execute a communication plan that ensures criminal justice agencies are constantly informed of jail population levels, and the drivers and context behind the population trends.


Minimum of five (5) years of work experience in the criminal justice system with a specificmunderstanding of jail population dynamics and drivers of inmate population levels;
Commitment to the goals of the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge;
Ability to prioritize and management workstreams at various levels – individual, group, and system;
In-depth understanding of each component of the criminal justice system, legal statutory regulations, the role each entity plays in the system, the relationships between the different components and their responsibilities as they relate to each defendant in the system (preference given to working knowledge of the New Orleans criminal justice landscape);
Ability to process-map and quickly diagnose and isolate breakdowns in communication or workflow;
Ability to shape, drive, and achieve change through action planning, communication, and vision;
Ability to present complex data and information in simplified and easily understood formats using tables, graphs, or other visual aids;

Demonstrated track record of success in:

Leading and facilitating work groups consisting of criminal justice stakeholders (e.g., elected officials, judges, law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, defense counsel, probation, community members, etc.);
Building trust and interacting with others in a way that gives them confidence in one’s intentions;
Identifying opportunities and taking action to build collaborative partnerships with other departments and organizations to improve results;
Embracing different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities to improve results;
Effectively leading the acceptance and implementation of change;
Communicating in a focused and compelling way that provides clarity, motivation and encourages accountability; and
Navigating multiple, and sometimes conflicting, priorities and goals of the many system actors and decision makers.

Final candidates will be subject to a criminal background check per FBI regulations related to accessing criminal history information.


A Bachelor of Arts or Science in Criminal Justice, Sociology, Public Administration, Economics, Political Science, or other social services related field. Advanced degree preferred.


To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to by January 12, 2017.

• Location: New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

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