The City of New Orleans VISTA program is implemented by the Office of Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Coordination (OCJC). The OCJC fosters system-wide communication and evidence-based policymaking to promote an accountable, coordinated, equitable, and effective criminal and juvenile justice system. Our vision is humane and comprehensive justice for all persons at all points in the legal system to foster safe and flourishing communities. The goal of our project is to strengthen the capacity of criminal justice practitioners and policymakers to make data-driven decisions both within and about the criminal justice system. Our office is in the final stages of developing a new enterprise data intelligence warehouse to quantify and promulgate facts about the justice system in a more accessible, comprehensive, and dynamic form than ever before.
Over the coming year, we will leverage the new data warehouse to identify areas for improvement, develop fact-based policy recommendations and quantify the heretofore hidden costs, and promote sound policy throughout the justice system. The VISTA member will be integral to achieving the specific goals of this project in addition to advancing the broader mission of our department. The position offers opportunities for guided learning and independent professional development.
The VISTA will be granted autonomy to develop a vision for their role in the project and to manage initiatives under their portfolio from beginning to end. In the process, the VISTA will gain practical and generalizable skills in the areas of applied statistics, data visualization, no-code software development, and project management. The end products of the engagement will include well-defined deliverables, the enhanced capacity of our organization and a meaningful impact in our community.
Throughout one year of service, the VISTA member will work with Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Coordination to
(1) Assess knowledge gaps in the criminal justice system,
(2) Work with partner agencies to develop shared priority lists for future data analysis/dissemination efforts,
(3) Research, select and implement public policy cost analysis model using inputs from newly available criminal justice data sources,
(4) Co-staff the Criminal Justice Information Sharing Subcommittee chaired by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Coordination,
(5) Leverage data warehouse to develop Power BI reports and dashboards to overcome existing information gaps within City government and among partner agencies in criminal justice system,
(6) Identify opportunities for new information sharing and efficiency tools such as Power Apps Platform to support informed decision making within justice system. Develop functional requirements, cost estimates and implementation plan for each.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Relocation allowance (if applicable), Student loan forbearance, Training
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check
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