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Court Advocate / Forensic Social Worker

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Osborne Association Inc
Brooklyn, NY
Publicado hace 28 días

The Osborne Association serves individuals, families, and communities affected by the criminal justice system. Through our programs, we offer opportunities for people to heal from and repair harm, restore their lives, and thrive. We challenge systems rooted in racism and retribution and fight for policies and practices that promote true safety, justice, and liberation.

At Osborne, we are guided by core values and shared beliefs. We honor everyone's capacity to change, celebrate our shared humanity, are united in our pursuit of justice and equity, take all possible steps to keep our commitments and advocate for people and principles with fierce and tenacious determination.

We are seeking a Court Advocate/Forensic Social Work to join our Court Advocacy Services (CAS) department. The Court Advocate/Forensic Social Worker will join the CAS department in assisting individuals facing open criminal cases in New York Supreme Court, throughout all five boroughs. Cases are referred to us by court-appointed attorneys. We conduct pre-plea and pre-sentence investigations in order to ascertain mitigating circumstances and when appropriate, to advocate for client-specific sentencing alternatives, including treatment and other community-based sanctions. Most recently, we have expanded our work to include assisting individuals facing technical parole violations, and conducting bail advocacy for women in detention with the goal of shortening the length of their terms of incarceration.

Supports defense counsel by conducting a psychosocial assessment of the client; works with the client to develop a client specific service plan; prepares and effects various referrals on client's behalf; advocates before the court and with District Attorney and the Department of Probation for alternatives to incarceration. Prepares and submits to defense counsel, judge and district attorney written work product. Supports the client during the implementation of the plan. Monitors clients by liaising with treatment providers and providing reports to the court, the District Attorney's office and probation. Manages a caseload by meeting contractually dictated client contacts and maintains thorough, up to date documentation.


  • Conducts client intakes and assessments and makes initial recommendations. Develops treatment and/or service plans, makes all necessary referrals connected to that plan, and works with the clients to set and reach goals.
  • Provides attorneys with a comprehensive client history through investigating the client's background and conducting interviews with the client, family members and other pertinent sources. Obtains various records and specialist reports/evaluations as indicated. Analyzes such material to produce mitigation to support recommendations for ATI/ATD. Prepares formal, written memorandum for the court and other written updates.
  • Advocates both orally and in writing with the court, the District Attorney's office, the Department of Probation and other entities.
  • Interacts positively with members of the defense bar and other members of the criminal justice community to actively participate in the program's outreach efforts to solicit new cases.
  • Orients clients to the program, describes program objectives and provides ongoing support to clients and their family members.
  • Implements/executes referrals to treatment providers as developed in the client's service plan.
  • Maintains contacts with outside agencies to refer or obtain additional client services.
  • Actively supports and observes clients in program participation, documenting progress and providing ongoing feedback to maintain client self-awareness.
  • Makes reports regarding client performance as requested to court and other supervising agencies, advocating as necessary.
  • Maintains outreach services by providing clients with home and hospital visits, if necessary.
  • Promotes a positive image of the organization through communicating Osborne's mission and programs to a variety of sources.
  • Maintains rapport with clients and preserves client confidentiality.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Master's degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work, or Forensic Psychology is preferred.
  • Candidates with extensive criminal justice system experience will also be considered


  • A minimum of one year of progressively responsible professional experience in a Criminal Justice environment
  • Experience conducting investigations and writing court reports such as Pre-Plea and Pre-Sentence Memorandums
  • Experience advocating before the Court and familiarity with Court players
  • Clearance to enter DOC facilities throughout NYC

Additional Skills

  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills, including public speaking skills
  • Superior interviewing and listening skills
  • Ability to extract reliable and genuine information while conveying empathy and remaining open-minded
  • An insatiable curiosity about people, their history, and their current conditions
  • Critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze information objectively
  • Crisis intervention skills
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the criminal justice system and social service practice
  • Expansive knowledge of treatment service providers
  • Ability to plan and successfully execute referrals to the providers
  • Computer literate with strong database management skills

Benefits of Working at Osborne

Career development is provided through ongoing training and individual development plans.

The Osborne Association is an EEO/Affirmative Action employer and a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, unemployment status, or any other protected category.

The Osborne Association takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Thank you for your interest in the Osborne Association. Be sure to include a cover letter with your application. No phone calls, please. We wish we could personally respond to each application. However, we are unable to do so due to the volume of interest received.

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The Osborne Association serves individuals, families, and communities affected by the criminal justice system. Through our programs, we offer opportunities for people to heal from and repair harm, restore their lives, and thrive. We…

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Brooklyn, NY, United States

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