The Justice Policy Network is in the process of recruiting the next cohort of Justice Policy Network (JPN) Fellows for our Los Angeles and D.C./Baltimore programs. The fellowship focuses on recruiting and training the next generation of criminal justice leaders interested in transforming criminal justice policy through a career in the public sector. Since its launch in 2015, the JPN fellowship has provided over 30 diverse participants with mentoring, networking, educational, and other career development opportunities to enhance or launch their careers in criminal justice transformation.
States and localities have been ground zero on justice policies and practice. In light of recent elections and the “tough-on-crime” interests of the new administration, increasing the capacity of those working at the state and local levels is more important than ever. This takes work at the grassroots in communities, in NGOs and advocacy organizations, and within government itself. The Justice Policy Network Fellowship strengthens and builds those working in all of these, but JPN is unique in its core focus on directly strengthening leadership in the public sector.
The fellowship program, designed and run by former senior policy staff for elected officials and advocacy organizations, provides unique opportunities for fellows to learn from and interact with dynamic thought leaders in the field. Past guest speakers have included Congressman Tony Cardenas, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, Youth First! Executive Director Liz Ryan, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell.