FAQ

What's the purpose of the Justice Policy Network?

The overall purpose of the Justice Policy Network is to create a community of individuals involved in criminal justice reform and to increase the number of and effectiveness of leaders in the government sector advancing a new justice agenda.

Who should apply for the Justice Policy Network Fellowship?

Individuals interested in pursuing a career in the government sector with a specific emphasis in criminal justice should apply for the Justice Policy Network.

What will fellows gain from the Justice Policy Network?

Fellows will gain real world experience, increase their marketability for employment and become part of a national community of renowned experts and criminal justice leaders.

How long does the fellowship last?

The 2017 Justice Policy Network Fellowship will last nine months, from March 2017 through November 2017.

What is required of fellows?

Fellows are required to attend bi-monthly leadership development sessions (two training sessions per month every other Tuesday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm in downtown Los Angeles) and participate in all Justice Policy Network sponsored activities. Assignments will be given on a weekly basis with active participation required. Ten fellows will be selected.

How do prospective fellows apply to be a part of the Justice Policy Network?

Prospective fellows must submit an application package that includes the application form, written statement summarizing your qualifications and experience, a resume/CV and a writing sample not to exceed 2 – 3 pages.

If you are interested in applying for the Justice Policy Network Fellowship, upload the required documentation on the form below and email a copy of your application to Anthony Perez at aperez@rabengroup.com. Please write Justice Public Network Fellowship on the subject line.


What's the deadline to apply for the 2017 Justice Policy Network Fellowship?

All forms must be submitted by February 8, 2017 to be considered. The Justice Policy Network will not accept any references submitted after the application deadline under any circumstances. Please request your references well in advance.

How are Justice Policy Network Fellows selected?

The selection process is very competitive. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee composed of Justice Policy Network staff, advisors and experts in the field. Only top candidates receive an invitation for an interview. A maximum of 10-12 fellows will be chosen, based on the quality of their application and their interview scores. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to contributing to social justice advocacy following their year as a Justice Policy Network Fellow.

Is there a criteria for how fellows will be selected?

The criteria that will be used to evaluate applications include:

• Strong interest in criminal justice reform and advocacy
• Evidence of leadership skills and potential for leadership growth
• Demonstrated commitment to criminal justice-oriented activities
• Proficient analytical skills, outstanding oral and written communication skills


How is the Justice Policy Network structured?

The fellowship involves eight leadership development sessions throughout the year. The trainings will take place every other Tuesday evening of the month. Each session will last up to four hours and feature two core components: skill-building workshops and a leadership speaker series.

The skill-building workshops will include topics such as, but not limited to: innovations in the field of criminal justice, coalition-building, policy and research, ethical decision making, strategic communication, and community organizing. There will be strategic focus on the ways participants can apply these skills to their existing work and future careers in public policy as well as a concentration on specific criminal justice issues that are relevant and timely.


What information will be included in the curriculum?

The curriculum will foster critical thinking about the broader criminal justice landscape and look at some of the more nuanced aspects of the justice system. Each module will provide real-world case studies and focus on policy development strategies that are effective at taking an issue from the community and translating it into public policy. Presenters will share case studies on specific topics, showing how an issue came to their attention, why they decided to tackle the issue, the obstacles they faced, successes and failures, and what they’d do differently next time (i.e. lessons learned).

What kind of assignments and activities will be a part of the fellowship?

Fellows will be required to read assigned materials and participate in on-line discussions throughout the duration of the fellowship. Additional program activities will include: dinners, one-on-one coaching sessions, group outings, and professional development opportunities.

Who runs the Justice Policy Network?

Revolve Impact and The Raben Group, two organizations with over fifty years of combined experience in criminal justice policy, operate the Justice Policy Network.

Are fellows paid?

The Justice Policy Network is an unpaid fellowship.

Is there reimbursement for travel/parking?

Parking is not covered by the Justice Policy Network. However, all outings will be covered as part of the Justice Policy Network Fellowship.

Will fellows be required to pay for textbooks?

The Justice Policy Network will provide the majority of books. However, fellows will be required to purchase two to three (2-3) books during the eight-month fellowship. Additional reading and case studies will be made available electronically.

What if I have a family emergency and can’t attend a session?

Fellows are expected to attend every session. However, exceptions will be made for emergencies.

How will fellows stay connected after the fellowship is over?

The Justice Policy Network will provide a wide range of support services to ensure that alumni stay connected and continue to support each other for the duration of the careers. These services include, receiving career support and guidance from members of the Justice Policy Network staff, advisory board and alumni, ability to further network and collaborate on policy initiatives, job announcements, quarterly newsletter with featured news stories and information about the ongoing work of alumni, and annual network convening’s and gatherings..

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