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Fall 2022 Research Fellow

Organizational Overview

The Sentencing Project advocates for effective and humane responses to crime that minimize imprisonment and criminalization of youth and adults by promoting racial, ethnic, economic, and gender justice.The Sentencing Project engages in research and advocacy on sentencing and related issues, advocates for criminal justice policy and practice reform, and conducts broad-scale public education through media, online and other communications. Information about The Sentencing Project is available at

Job Description and Responsibilities

The Sentencing Project is seeking a self-motivated and high-performing research fellow to provide research and writing support to staff within the organization’s research and advocacy teams. The organization will develop research and policy briefs in the Fall of 2022 that focus on the topics of voting rights, imprisonment trends, extreme sentencing, women’s imprisonment, and racial disparities in the criminal legal system. To support this work, we seek applicants with strong writing and analytical skills, a nuanced understanding of the criminal legal system, and a passion for reform. The fellow should be detail-oriented in both research, writing, and editing. They should be comfortable with incorporating feedback into their work and undertaking revisions based on guidance. Similarly, the fellow may be asked to help review others’ writing, check citations, and provide feedback.


This is a part-time position for 20 hours/week at a rate of $20/hr. Applications are due September 15, 2022. The fellowship period ends in late December 2022 but could be renewed in the Spring if appropriate. Fully remote work is possible for the right candidate.

Application Procedure

The Sentencing Project values and prioritizes a diverse workforce and strongly encourages people of color to apply. We welcome applications that demonstrate experience, skill, and personal motivation. The Sentencing Project is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer committed to cultural diversity and recruits without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, color, age, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities, or prior convictions.

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