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Job Opportunity: Research and Policy Associate, Vera Institute of Justice, DC

Responsibilities of the research and policy associate include conducting research, interviewing experts, visiting facilities, and writing standards for the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC). The research and policy associate reports to the director. In addition to working on standards for NPREC, the office will be developing programs to further the work of the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons. The research and policy associate may work on a number of projects but initially will play a substantial role in the work that Vera produces for NPREC. Additionally, the research and policy associate will be responsible for producing targeted literature reviews, assessing existing standards, researching problems and practices in a variety of correctional environments, and working with the Vera staff and experts in the field to develop appropriate standards.

Applicants should have at least three years of research experience or other relevant experience in law or corrections and have worked in the area of criminal justice, prisons, or closely related fields. Applicants should have a law or master's degree. Particular experience with issues related to sexual violence, although not required, would be useful. A demonstrated interest in issues related to prison conditions is an important quality in an applicant. Excellent writing and research skills are required. In addition, there will be some travel required.

The salary is mid-40's to mid-50's, or dependent on experience; excellent benefits.

To apply, send a cover letter and résumé to: Alex Busansky, Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons, 601 Thirteenth Street, NW, Suite 1150 South, Washington, DC 20005. You can also e-mail the information to [email protected] or fax it to (202) 639-6066. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls, please.


In June 2006 the Vera-staffed Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons issued its final report and recommendations to prevent violence and abuse in prisons and jails, to improve safety for prisoners and staff, to improve the medical and mental health care of prisoners, and to improve public safety and public health through the work of responsible corrections. Vera staff in Washington, DC, continue the work that the Commission started by pursuing a variety of projects aimed at improving safety and conditions in prisons and jails. As part of this work, Vera staff are working with the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC) to develop standards for lock-ups, jails, prisons, juvenile facilities, community corrections, and immigration detention centers. The standards will contribute to the detection and prevention of, and response to sexual assault and rape during incarceration. NPREC was established by the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 and is charged with conducting research and developing standards addressing prison rape. NPREC is currently scheduled to issue a report and standards in winter 2008-2009.

The Vera Institute values diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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