Marquette County

Mitigation Specialist

Jessica Olson is a licensed social worker and has been advocating on behalf of justice involved individuals since 2015.

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Jessica Olson Mitigation Specialist
Jessica Olson

Jessica is a Forensic Social Worker who holds a Master’s of Social Work degree from Northern Michigan University.  With a lens toward rehabilitation and treatment, Jessica passionately and zealously advocates for our clients utilizing a trauma-informed, collaborative, and strengths based approach.  She works closely with our clients and their legal team to develop a plan to address the predisposing and collateral consequences of their criminal justice involvement.  This work is instrumental in the development of alternative sentencing recommendations that reduce or eliminate jail time for our clients.   

Jessica has a background and experience working with individuals in a variety of capacities including mental health, substance abuse, and crisis intervention. She regularly serves as trainer and presenter on topics such as trauma-informed practices in the criminal justice system, holistic defense, and motivational interviewing practices in corrections.  Jessica serves as a field instructor responsible for supervising students studying social work at the bachelor and masters level. 

Supporting Mitigation Team members

Nicole Bal is an Upper Peninsula native and obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from Northern Michigan University in April 2022 with minors in human behavior and criminal justice. She is currently in the Advanced Standing Masters of Social Work Program at Northern Michigan University, expecting to graduate in April 2023, and an intern with the Marquette County Public Defenders Office and Great Lakes Recovery Centers Ishpeming Outpatient Office. Nicole has also volunteered at the Warming Center in Marquette and Jacobetti Home for Veterans. Her interests in the field are childhood trauma and substance abuse. Nicole has worked at a residential youth substance abuse facility where her love for advocacy grew. She enjoys working on the mitigation team at the Marquette County Public Defenders Office because it allows her the opportunity to engage in the rehabilitative process and build community connections. Understanding the legal system is important to her in order to better assist future clients while they navigate legal processes.

Dana Selin is a Wisconsin native that chose Northern Michigan University for the surrounding beauty. She is majoring in Social Work with a minor in Human Behavior. She plans to graduate with her Bachelor’s degree in May of 2023. Dana has volunteered with many populations such as people experiencing homelessness, substance abuse, and domestic violence. Working on the mitigation team is important because she feels like she is aiding in social justice issues such as the movement towards reducing mass incarceration. This summer she had the opportunity to be a camp counselor for children with parents and guardians that are incarcerated. Dana has plans to continue her education and will apply for the Advanced Standing Master of Social Work program and her future plans include continuing to work in the field of forensic social work.