Common Justice develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration. Locally, we operate the first alternative to incarceration and victim service program in the United States to focus on violent felonies in the adult courts. Nationally, we leverage the lessons from our direct service to transform the justice system through partnerships, advocacy, and elevating the experience and power of those most impacted. Rigorous and hopeful, we build practical strategies to hold people accountable for harm, break cycles of violence, and secure safety, healing and justice for survivors and their communities.
In our direct service work, Common Justice operates restorative justice- based alternative to prison and victim service program for serious and/or violent felony cases such as assault, burglary, and robbery. The project brings 16-26-year-olds responsible for crimes together with those they have harmed and their support people in a facilitated restorative justice dialogue to determine appropriate agreements to make things as right as possible and take the place of a prison sentence. The work includes intensive supervision and violence intervention work with people who have caused harm, wraparound support for the survivors and their loved ones, and engagement of system actors who play critical roles in the diversion of cases. We aim to meet the needs of people harmed by violence, prevent further harm, and improve the lives of people and communities impacted by violence. While we serve the full range of people harmed by crime, a significant portion of the survivors Common Justice works with are men of color, many of them young adults. Common Justice believes that all survivors deserve more options that resonate with their sense of justice, safety, and respect, and that communities deserve programs that help halt cycles of violence, improve the public safety, and meet their needs.
Common Justice is seeking an experienced, hard-working, organized, enthusiastic person with excellent people skills to join its team in one of our Common Justice locations (Brooklyn, Bronx or Manhattan).
• Embody and communicate Common Justice’s mission, vision, values, framework for approaching root causes of violence, and theory of change
• Conduct intakes and assessments with responsible parties and make recommendations regarding program enrollment
• Consistently engage responsible parties with empathy and positive regard while also upholding rigorous standards for their engagement in accountability to harmed parties and transformation of their own lives
• Implement Common Justice’s violence intervention curriculum and supports for participants’ stability
• Co-facilitate restorative justice circles with harmed and responsible parties
• Rigorously supervise responsible parties as they complete their agreements
• Connect responsible parties to appropriate services and supports
• Monitor attendance and compliance information, accurately enter data and notes; and prepare accurate reports for the court
• Represent Common Justice in court as needed
• Deliver trauma-informed curriculum and services
• Facilitate responsible party groups, with a focus on violence, trauma, and healthy practices of gender and sexuality
• Participate in the training and development of fellow team members
• Develop and maintain strong working relationships with community partners