Position Summary

The Marion County Public Defender Agency provides legal representation for Marion County citizens who cannot afford to hire their own lawyer in matters involving liberty interests, including criminal cases. Our services are provided as a public service. We work with the felony, misdemeanor, Title IV D, civil commitment, and juvenile courts. We also work on cases related to termination of parental rights as well as appeals. Our agency also offers education, services, and programs focused on different ways to serve jail sentences. The agency is able to do this by cultivating a productive, collaborative, and compliant work environment in order for our workforce to meet the needs of the constituents of Indianapolis and Marion County.

The Public Defender Early Intervention Team will consist of one attorney and one case manager. The team will focus solely on youth and families at the front end of the juvenile justice system with the goal of achieving better outcomes, including less cases proceeding through formal court processing and a decreased use of secure detention. By focusing their entire effort on the front end of the system, the attorney and case manager on the Early Intervention Team would not have to balance this important work with other caseload demands. Instead, they would approach each case, child and family with the full attention and resources they need and deserve at this critical time.

All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status. We value diversity in perspectives and experiences among colleagues and the residents of this city of whom we serve.

Position Responsibilities

  • Meet with all youth and families prior to the initial and detention hearings to conduct intake interviews to identify the youth and family’s needs and existing supports.
  • Work with families to prepare a detailed community supervision plan for presentation to the court at the initial or detention hearing.
  • Make community-based referrals to prepare a viable plan to cease formal court processing and/or release the youth from secure detention.
  • Meetings will take place in-person, by phone or virtually.
  • Work with families of youth to explore alternatives to formal court processing and secure detention that further the youth client and family’s goals.
  • Maintain confidentiality when working with the child’s family while being mindful that the family’s wishes may not align with the youth client’s expressed interest.
  • If the court decides the case as an informal adjustment, continue to work with the youth and family assisting with community-based resources. Act as intermediary with system stakeholders including the prosecutor and probation officer and provide support, guidance and advocacy so the case can be permanently diverted from formal court processing.
  • Provide ongoing representation of youth when cases are approved for filing and proceed beyond the initial detention hearing aimed at reducing the youth’s further involvement in the juvenile justice by providing alternatives.
  • Assist with data collection and reporting as requested by the Indiana Public Defender Commission.

Qualifications

Associate degree in Criminal Justice or a related field with two (2) years of experience in the criminal justice system or two (2) years of experience working with youth and families involved with the justice system. An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience is required, in the absence of a degree. Ability to effectively investigate, interview, and work with clients to assure proper completion of all court ordered or agency requirements. Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, with participants and their supporters as well as members of the criminal justice system in a courteous manner. Ability to maintain accurate and complete statistical and client records. Ability to comprehend and correctly use a variety of informational documents including criminal records, psychological, medical reports, and other reports and records. Ability to handle a degree of stress as a result of working with what may be difficult clients and the ability to utilize emotional intelligence when dealing with people of all backgrounds. Deliver information effectively and decisively. Must be 21 years of age. Knowledge and use of Microsoft Office.

Preferred Job Requirements and Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or a related field. Ability to effectively investigate, interview, and work with clients to assure proper completion of all court ordered or agency requirements. Must be 21 years of age. Knowledge and use of Microsoft Office.

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