Policy Analyst

Easthampton, Massachusetts, United States Full-time

Do you want to produce cutting-edge research to expose the broader harm of mass incarceration? Could your research and writing talents spark advocacy campaigns to create a more just society? We want to hear from you.

The Prison Policy Initiative is a leading organization in the fight against mass incarceration. The organization uses data to explain the need for criminal justice reform, and does it in a way that is designed to both bring in new allies and re-energize existing supporters.

The Prison Policy Initiative was founded by students in 2001 and is known for effectively using data to explain why the need for criminal justice reform is long overdue. Over the last 17 years our team has grown to six dedicated staff members who, along with our network of volunteers, shape a variety of national reform campaigns and develop groundbreaking publications from our office in Western Massachusetts. 

The position

The Policy Analyst is a key part of our team of six full-time staff members. The Policy Analyst will:

  • Provide research and editorial support for projects led by other staff members
  • Rapidly develop subject matter expertise on specific topics starting with short blog posts synthesizing academic work and government reports and then, within the first year, taking the lead on a major report.
  • Take over as the lead organizer and subject matter expert on one of our existing or to-be-created campaigns. 
  • Take over as editor of our Research Clearinghouse.

Required skills/experience/attitudes:

  • Strong writing skills.
  • 1+ years of paid or volunteer, part- or full-time, experience working for criminal justice reform in an advocacy, academic, jailhouse lawyer, journalistic, or government capacity.
  • Able to start as soon as possible in our Easthampton, Massachusetts office, and no later than January 2, 2019. (Because of the collaborative nature of our work, we will not consider requests to work remotely)

We encourage applicants new to the Prison Policy Initiative to learn about our work, our history, and our impact by reviewing our highly skimmable annual reports when preparing their application.


We are an equal opportunity employer. People from communities that are overrepresented in the criminal justice system and people with direct experience with the criminal justice system are especially encouraged to apply.

Salary & Benefits

The expected salary for this entry-level position is $40,000, and our practice has been to recognize the advancement of skills over time with generous raises. Benefits include a relocation bonus of up to $5,000, health insurance, all Massachusetts holidays, paid sick time, paid vacation, and an IRA match. Applicants with more than a year of relevant experience who have specific salary requirements are welcome to identify those facts in their cover letter.

To apply

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Hiring process 

We will be reviewing applications and scheduling interviews on a weekly basis. We anticipate doing a phone screen, a round of Skype interviews, and then a final round of in-person interviews.

Please allow us to keep our daily focus on improving the criminal justice system by refraining from writing or calling the office to check on the status of your application. We'll keep the job page at https://www.prisonpolicy.org/jobs.html up to date with the status of our candidate search.


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