Data Fellow

Full-Time, 2-Year Contract - Clearwater/St. Petersburg, FL; Dade City/New Port Richey, FL

At Measures for Justice (MFJ) our mission is to use data to transform how we measure, understand, and reform the criminal justice system in America. We collect, clean, code, standardize, and analyze data from criminal justice agencies to provide consistent, comparable, objective, and public performance measures across the whole criminal justice system, from arrest to post-conviction, on a county-by-county basis (see our Data Portal at https://measuresforjustice.org/portal/).

In 2017, MFJ educated the Florida legislature about how data transparency in criminal justice could be improved in that state. As a result, the state passed into law (Florida Statutes 900.05) a bill that mandates court clerks, state attorneys, jail administrators, public defenders, and the Department of Corrections to report data to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) on a monthly basis. MFJ is supporting the implementation of the new legislation through a pilot in the 6th Judicial Circuit (Pasco and Pinellas counties) that will embed at least one Data Fellow within the Clerk of Courts Office of each county.

Responsibilities:

  • Review historical data, identify areas where data are missing, contain errors, and/or are invalid;
  • Analyze the catalogue of data collected by each criminal justice agency in the county and identify what needs to be done to comply with the reporting requirements set forth by the legislation. The analysis should factor in technology, workflow processes, and local laws governing data;
  • Identify no-cost solutions to comply with the reporting requirements in the short-term;
  • Work with the Clerk of Courts’ Office IT Department to ensure that there is a suitable environment for sustaining scripts long-term;
  • Work with case management software vendors to identify system features or upgrades needed for compliance;
  • Work with the case maintenance software vendors, the Clerk of Courts’ Office, and the FDLE to setup the queries and formats that will be needed to transmit the data to FDLE, as set forth in Section 900.05, Florida Statutes, and ensure that the data are transmitted in compliance with FDLE’s security requirements;
  • Coordinate workflow processes with the other agencies in the county to obtain and transmit data that the Clerk of Courts’ Office does not receive or data received from those agencies that are insufficient;
  • Work with the Clerk of Courts’ Office to develop and document a Standard Operating Procedure to collect and validate data, ensure data quality, meet the FDLE delivery specifications, and troubleshoot problems;
  • Train relevant staff on the standard procedures to assess and control data quality, and to query, format, and transmit the data to FDLE.

About You…

  • You have application or data science programming experience.
  • You have data wrangling coding experience.
  • You have data management coding experience.
  • You have experience working with legacy software systems, e.g., Microsoft SQL Server, Crystal Reports, etc.
  • You have experience or close familiarity with criminal justice agency data.
  • You are familiar with the structure and process of the criminal justice system or with local government agencies.
  • You have good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • You work well independently as well as part of a team.
  • You are organized and detail-oriented.
  • You want to use your technical skills to help real people and make measurable and lasting changes in the U.S. criminal justice system.
  • You’re continually improving your craft and are eager to work with the latest technologies.

Next Steps:

If you are interested, please apply here.


It is the policy of Measures for Justice to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Measures for Justice will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. We are committed to equity and inclusion and encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.