Jabari Jones interned this past summer as a Law Clerk in the Parole Division at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. The Parole Division of the Public Defender Service handles approximately 96% of all Parole matters in the District of Columbia representing parolees and those on supervised release at Probable Cause and Revocation hearings before the United States Parole Commission.
Before he began as a Parole Law Clerk there was extensive training over a 2-week period. Jones was explained techniques involving interviewing, trials, research, and investigation, and underwent a week-long training session tailored to the Parole experience.
After training, Jones worked under the supervision of PDS attorney Vincent Haskell. He represented clients at Probable Cause hearings and in several cases he successfully argued for charges to be dropped. Jones also had several of his clients diverted to drug treatment programs and automatically reinstated to parole or supervised release. In his favorite part of the job Jones traveled to the D.C. jail bi-weekly to build and prepare a defense for his clients’ hearings.
After graduation he would like to work in the public defender’s office, offering to be a "beacon of light in a very dark place.”