Jail Screening Specialist

The Jail Screening Specialist assesses the needs of individuals who are booked into the Ramsey County Detention Center and are pending a bail setting decision. Using an actuarial risk assessment tool, the Jail Screening Specialist determines an individual’s risk for pretrial misconduct and prepares a detailed report used by criminal justice stakeholders to make bail decisions. The Jail Screening Specialist may also be required to conduct a more in-depth assessment to identify individuals who may be eligible for diversion programming. Many of the individuals served experience mental health and/or substance use disorders; as such, this role requires a professional who is both empathetic and compassionate.

Responsibilities include completing interviews and assessments, conducting criminal history checks, providing accurate reports to the court, entering and maintaining case information in the database, and requesting/processing the release of in custody individuals for supervision in the JusticePoint Pretrial Supervision program.


  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (including Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Ability to communicate professionally and accurately, both orally and written
  • Organized, attentive to detail, ability to multi-task, work independently
  • Ability to work well with individuals from diverse economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Fluency in Spanish/Somali/Hmong (spoken and written) is preferred
  • Experience working with criminal justice involved clients preferred


  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Psychology, or related human services field
  • Pre-employment background check conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
  • Valid driver’s license and automobile with insurance
  • Ascribe to and champion The Difference Principles
Until filled
St. Paul, MN
Full-time; Third shift (Four 10-hour shifts; rotating 4 days on/4 days off)