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09 November 2020 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist

SmartJustice SM 4 400Are you impacted by Utah’s probation or parole system? Do you want to see change in Utah’s criminal legal system? The ACLU of Utah is hiring a Smart Justice Legislative Policy Fellow who will work to change Utah laws to make community supervision a more fair and just system for all Utahns.

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The ACLU of Utah is committed to fighting inequities and disparities in Utah’s criminal legal system while respecting the dignity of directly impacted people. Community supervision is intended to be an off-ramp away from incarceration, but it has become a long road to prison in Utah. Revocations from probation and parole make up the majority of people entering Utah prisons. This is a problem we need to fix. It has resulted in Utah’s prison population rising at one of the highest rates in the nation and shows that we are failing people who are returning to our communities. We are currently developing policy recommendations and legislative solutions that will end the long road to prison from community supervision.    

Position Overview:

This is a short-term employment position that will last from mid-November 2020 to March 2021. Strong consideration will be given to candidates who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system, especially those who have been on community supervision. The Smart Justice Legislative Policy Fellow will work directly with the Smart Justice Attorney to advocate to change community supervision polices and laws leading up to and through Utah’s 2021 legislative session. We will provide extensive training on policy analysis, legislative lobbying, community advocacy, news media interaction, and project management.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Working closely with the Smart Justice Attorney to conduct policy analysis of parole and probation policies and legislation.
  • Developing programming with the Smart Justice Attorney throughout the fellowship, which will include social media campaigns, panel discussions and production of short educational videos for social media.
  • Working with criminal justice stakeholders, lobbying legislators, and attending meetings on criminal legal system issues.
  • Researching and writing about parole and probation issues and presenting information on these topics.
  • Drafting talking points and testifying at legislative hearings.


Qualifications and Other Required Skills and Attributes

  • Strong commitment to changing the criminal legal system to center fair treatment and improved outcomes for incarcerated and supervised individuals.
  • Has excellent problem-solving skills and a strong sense of ownership over tasks, including follow-through, and is willing to do what it takes to get the job done.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the organization using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regard to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, and record of arrest or conviction
  • Strong commitment to racial justice and fighting racism in the criminal legal system.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and manage workflow accordingly.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse coalition of stakeholders, including prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, and advocacy groups.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and maintain a flexible schedule as necessary.
  • Position will be mostly remote but will require travel to Salt Lake City.
  • Adherence to the CDC’s COVID-19 safety protocols at all times.


Preferred Skills and Experiences (Not Required)

  • Being personally impacted by the criminal legal system, including being on probation or parole or being incarcerated.
  • Familiarity with Utah Sentencing Guidelines, the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, and Utah’s probation and parole conditions.
  • Familiarity with or any experience with Utah’s legislative process.
  • Experience with community organizing or community outreach.
  • Experience working with volunteers, educating, or educational community presentations.
  • Experience researching topics and presenting research information to groups or in writing.
  • Experience reviewing state laws or agency policies and explaining their impact on people.
  • Comfortable using social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.


Time Commitment: 30 hours/week. Schedule is flexible and some evening or weekend hours may be required. This is not a permanent position and is expected to end on March 31, 2021.

Compensation and befits: $17/hr. with paid holidays (including Dec 24-January 1). Excellent benefits include health, dental and vision coverage; short and long-term disability insurance; and robust professional development support. Additionally, mileage will be reimbursed, and a stipend is available for cell phone use.  

To apply: Please submit a resume and a brief statement (no more than 350 words) on why you are interested in the position to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line: CSJ Legislative Fellow.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: The ACLU of Utah is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage and greatly value applications from all qualified individuals without regard to arrest or conviction, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability or veteran status.

About the ACLU of Utah: Founded in 1958, the ACLU of Utah is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that utilizes legal, legislative, and public education approaches to fight for individual rights and fundamental freedoms. Our mission is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution, including reproductive freedom, immigrant rights, free speech, racial justice, privacy, religious liberty, LGBTQ rights, and more. For more information, please visit www.acluutah.org

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