The Community Justice Center (CJC) is the leading Restorative Justice practitioner and educator in the State of Nebraska.  We offer unique evidenced-based Victim Impact/Empathy peer programming that inspires offenders and helps participants understand whom their victims are and the true extent of the harm they caused their victims and communities.  We utilize  Restorative Justice Practices to habilitate offenders while holding them accountable for their actions.  We reduce recidivism rates for a better, safer, and more cost effective criminal justice system. 

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More than 5,000 Restorative Justice participants have taken CJC courses

We are: Victims, Offenders, Families, and Allies who partnering with peers, professionals, and institutions work to implement Restorative Justice practices in our communities.

154th Lincoln, NE Adult Probation – Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class” Nov 18, 2017 * 8% of class participates rated the class Good with 92% Excellent! 

“Helped me realize how I do have victims and how actions effected them.” PB  

 “It helped me to learn how to take responsibility for how I played a role in the crimes that I have committed and how to not repeat the same behaviors.”  ND  

      

19th Hastings, NE Adult Probation – Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class” Nov 4, 2017 *  100% of class participates rated the class Excellent!   Great Job Terry!

 “Taught me how much I really did to people and how many I hurt.”  JK   

 “It taught me about what it really means to be a victim and learning “The Domino Effect” (all the harms people/communities go through)”    JP  

      

6th Beatrice Adult Probation Beatrice, NE – Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class” Oct 28, 2017 * 40% of class participates rated the class Excellent with 60% rating it Good.  Great Job Larry.

 “It helps me with ANGER.”  NW  

Not only did it help inform you about the victims and the $1,000,000 Gift (Emotional Hygiene – how to processing emotions) GW     

52nd Lincoln Correctional Center (Restrictive Housing Unit) Lincoln, NE – Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class”  Nov 2, 2017 * 100% of class participates rated the class Excellent! 

 “Helped me learn about how I harmed my victims and learn The Gift $1,000,000 check (how to process emotions).”  SH

 “It taught me all the skills (Emotional Hygiene) I need to change my mindset, control and understand my emotions and my reaction to issues.” MP      

63rd Nebraska State Pen. Lincoln, NE – Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class” Oct 25, 2017 * 89% rated the class Excellent with 100% increasing their insight and empathy into the harm they caused their victims and communities.

 “This help me more than anger management.The $1,000,000 Check (processing emotions) and the Bonus Gift about anger (understanding where anger truly comes from).Taught me how to heal with what I’ve done and who I hurt.” JL 

 “The workshop helped me realize the overall harm my crime caused the victims and my families.”  RH 

153rd Lincoln Adult Probation, Lincoln, NE – Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class” Oct 21, 2017 * 66% rated the class Excellent!    

“The $1,000,000 Check (Emotional Hygiene – processing emotions correctly).” CM    

 “Taught me I have 100’s of victims.” SM

21st Norfolk Adult Probation, Norfolk, NE – Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class” Oct 21, 2017 * 83% rated the class Excellent.  Great Job Terry!

 “How to deal with emotions – think about the victims that have been hurt”.  ND 

 “I learned “The Domino Effect” and how my actions effected way more people then I realized”.  KL   

81st  NE Center for Women, York, NE – Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class” Oct 18, 2017 * 100% rated the class Excellent!     

“Learned about how my crime IMPACTED (“The Domino Effect”) everybody.”  KF  

“I learned about how I hurt others in my community (drug offensives).” JM. 

6th O’Neil, NE Adult Probation – Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class” Oct 7, 2017 * 100% rated the class Excellent!  

“Best workshop I’ve been to while on Drug Court and “The Domino Effect” helped me realize the extent of the damage I have caused, Spiritual, Financial and Emotionally not only to my family but to the community as well.” KH 

 “Victims class was helpful enjoyed the $1,000,000 check presentation (Emotional Hygiene) with the “Domino Effect” analogy (how I harmed my victims).”  CD  

 

 

 

18th Hasting, NE Adult Probation – Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class” Oct 14, 2017 * 82% rated the class Excellent!  Great Job Larry!     

“Made me more aware of the collateral damaged I caused by my actions.” BJ       

 “Helped me to become aware of everyone I affected with my crimes I committed.” MW    

 

 

13th Gering, NE- Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class”   Sept 30, 2017 * 54% rated the class Good with 46% Excellent!   

“Learning about my “Emotional Hygiene” (how to process emotions).” KV  

 “It helped with identify who I hurt and how I hurt my victims.” NL

Grand Island, NE – 13th CJC Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class”  Sept 30, 2017 * 100% of class participants rated the class Excellent!   

“To help me realize how I effected the community.” AC  

“Put the victims of my crime in perspective.”  JT 

20th Norfolk, NE- Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class” Sept 23, 2017 * 17% rated the class Good with 83% Excellent!   

“Helped me realize what I’ve done wrong and helped me accept responsibility.”  DM   

 “It helped me understand my victim’s pain.  Helped me believe in myself.”  DS  

17th So Sioux City – Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class”  Sept 16, 2017 * 11% rated the class Good with 89% rated it Excellent!    

“I didn’t realize how many victims were impacted with my bad choices.”  NP 

“Teaching me “The Domino Effect” (how many people I hurt and all the harms) helped me understand how my crime has impacted the community.”  JO 

1st Lincoln Corr. Center – Restrictive Housing Unit – Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class”  Sept 13/14, 2017 * 100% rated the class Excellent!   

“Helped me learn and understand that I have more than one victim and how to apologize to my victims.  Also I learned how to deal with my ANGER.”  LP  

 “I learned to be more sympathetic.  I also learned ANGER is a secondary feeling.  I also learned how to write an effective apology letter.”  FJ

1st Lincoln Corr. Center – Restrictive Housing Unit – Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class”  Sept 9, 2017 * 100% rated the class Excellent!   

“Helped me learn and understand that I have more than one victim and how to apologize to my victims.  Also I learned how to deal with my ANGER.”  LP  

 “I learned to be more sympathetic.  I also learned ANGER is a secondary feeling.  I also learned how to write an effective apology letter.”  FJ

27th Columbus, NE Adult Probation – Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class”   Sept 9, 2017 * 100% rated the class Excellent!   

“Learned who my victims were! Also like the My Circle of Victims (Domino Effect – how people and communities are damaged by crime)” JW 

“The $1,000,000 check emotional competence (Hygiene tool).  I believe this is an incredible valuable method”.   CS 

30th NE City, NE Adult Probation – Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class”   Sept 9, 2017 * 100% rated the class Excellent!   

“I understand more of my actions and how they have harmed others.”  SH 

 “Helped me realize who the actual victims of my crime were and how my crime affected them.”  JB

7th No Platte, NE Adult Probation – Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class”   Sept 2, 2017 * 25% rated the class Good with 75% Excellent!  

“It taught me a lot about my victims how I hurt them and a lot about myself.” TH   

“I learned a lot about how I impacted my victims.” KF  

16th Lexington, NE Adult Probation – Restorative Justice “Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class”   Sept 2, 2017 * 10% rated the class Good with 90% Excellent!  

It gave me knowledge on who I affected and that my victims are endless and often pushed a side! MC  

It helped me gain more knowledge about controlling my emotions (Emotional Hygiene). JK  

62nd NE State Pen – Restorative Justice – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class     August 30, 2017 * 100% rated the class Excellent!    

“Helped me to understand the amount of people effected by my crime.” BG  

 “I am now able to understand how I affected people with my actions.” OS  

19th Norfolk, NE Adult Probation – Restorative Justice – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class   August 26, 2017  *  100% rated the class Excellent!    

“We learned about how our actions affect others and to stop and think before  we act and no crime is victim-less.” JG  

“Helped me understand the full “Domino Effect” (harm I caused) of my actions.” CW 

80th NE Women Prison York, NE – Restorative Justice – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class   August 23, 2017  *  100% rated the class Excellent!  

“Learning about the six (6) core feelings (steps to processing them – cleaning up my Emotional Hygiene) and how ANGER is always a secondary emotion.”  JB

“It gave me a better understanding of the impact I had on my victims.” SK 

150th  Lincoln, NE Adult Probation Restorative Justice – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class  August 19, 2017  *  80% rated the class Excellent with 20% Good

 “It identified what a victim is also how my actions affected the community and The $1,000,000 Check (how to make better decisions – via Emotional Hygiene)” RM 

 “I have a better understand of what and who are really my victims.” RG

151st  Lincoln, NE Adult Probation Restorative Justice – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class  August 19, 2017  *  83% rated the class Excellent with 17% Good

 “Helped me realize how many victims I actually affected.” CJ 

“I now understand the “Domino Effect” (how I harmed my victims) and others.  I can use these tools ($1,000,000 Check and Emotional Hygiene) to improve my life and my children’s.” RM 

5th Beatrice, NE Adult Probation Restorative Justice – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class  August 19, 2017  *  84% rated the class Excellent with 16% Good

 “It was helpful with explaining how there are multiple victims in any situation.” EJ  

“Gained a better understanding and new insight on the effects of my actions on others.” DW

4th Lincoln, NE Diversion Services  Restorative Justice – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class   August 19, 2017  *  100% rated the class Excellent! 

 “Understanding what victims go through (Domino Effects).” AS   

“How my choices start a “Domino Effect” that effects/harms victims.” CH

25th York, NE Adult Probation Restorative Justice – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class  August 12, 2017  *  86% rated the class Excellent with 14% Good

 “Learning how my secure up affected so many people and how costly it is.” DJ

“Learning how my actions affected more people than just myself.”  LU

17th Hastings, NE Adult Probation Restorative Justice – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class  August 5, 2017  *  90% rated the class Excellent with 10% Good

 “I learned many new tools to help me better manage my emotions (Emotional Hygiene – $1,000,000 Check) and help me better understand how I impacted the many victims including my community.”   VL

“Understand ANGER and the $1,000,000 Check (Emotional Hygiene).”   ND

5th Broken Bow, NE Adult Probation Restorative Justice – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class  July 29, 2017  *  88% rated the class Excellent with 12% Good!

 Taught me ways to maintain my ANGER and taught me about the “Domino Effect”(all the damage victims suffer) and how to keep up good behaviors”.  IC  

“It helped me learn how much of a burden it (crime) has on victims (Physically, Emotionally, Financially and Spiritually.” AT

15th Lexington, NE Adult Probation Restorative Justice – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class July 1, 2017 * 80% rated the class Excellent!  10% Good.  

“Understanding the victims and all the harms.” RS       

“I learned a lot about who I impacted with my crimes – how to write a letter of apology –  how to deal with ANGER better!”    DK

79th NE Correction Center for Women – Restorative Justice – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class   July 19, 2017  *  100% rated the class Excellent! 

 “How I impacted the community not just my family – “The Ripple Effect”. RG 

“Learned valuable tools to stay out of prison.”  CT   

12th Grand Island, NE Adult Probation Restorative Justice – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class July 8, 2017 * 100% rated the class Excellent! 

Talking about Emotional Hygiene – how to process emotions.” KJ

 It taught me Restorative Justice and about crime victims”. AW

25th Columbus, NE Adult Probation Restorative Justice – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class  July 15, 2017 * 100% rated the class Excellent! 

Helped me to understand how I affected the victims and all the others my choices have affected.” WMc

 “It showed me who is the victims and how each are impacted.” MZ

61st NE State Penitentiary – Restorative Justice – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class June 28, 2017 * 89% rated the class Excellent! with 11% Good.  

“Thank you Jim; you opened my eyes and this is something I will use throughout my life  and I’ll never forget this.  Thanks”  JO

“It identified to me the ways the community is my victim.”  BB

24th Seward Probation Restorative Justice – Victims Impact/Empathy Class June 24, 2017 * 100% rated the class Excellent!  

“Understanding how many victims are affected.” SR           

“The workshop helped me to understand how my ANGER stems from and how I can use it with my family.”  SC 

147th Adult Probation Lincoln, NE – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class June 17, 2017 –  70% rated the class Excellent!  30% Good!   Job Well Done Larry!        

“It helped me understand more how my actions affected more than just the direct victims. ML”

 “Helped me to learn how my actions affected my victims and who they were! CW” 

 

148th Adult Probation Lincoln, NE – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class June 17, 2017 – 90% rated the class Excellent – 10% Good!          

“It helped me understand how I affected not only the victims of my crime but other indirectly as well. KC”   

 “Taught me about accepting and understanding how my crime affected my community. AW”

 

18th Adult Probation Norfolk, NE – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class June 17, 2017 –  100% rated the class Excellent!   Job Well Done Terry!         

“It taught me that my action effects thousands and the Emotional Competencies part!  TH”

 “Made me realize the impact I had on my community emotionally and financially etc.…MN”

 

60th NE State Penitentiary. Lincoln NE – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class June 7, 2017 – 82% rated the class Excellent!  18% Good!       

“I learned more about empathy and its place in the healing of our communities.” MT  

“Get a better understanding about self and actions and how it affects others especially your victims.”   ZG 

29th Adult Probation Bellevue, NE – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class June 10, 2017 – 73% rated the class Excellent! 27% Good!         

“I learned how many victims I really have!” JL   

 “Helped me to understand how my bad decisions affected my victims, family and community in a negative way.” LE 

4th Adult Probation Beatrice, NE – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class June 10, 2017 –  80% rated the class Excellent!  20% Good!         

“I always knew my decision affected other people but never realized the extent of how many different ways people could be affected.” AW  

“I learned the real impact of my actions and also learned how to be more empathetic.” TM  

16th Adult Probation So. Sioux City NE – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class June 3, 2017 – 64% rated the class Excellent!   36% Good!       

“The Domino Effect (all the way victims are harmed), Emotional Hygiene (how to process emotions) and most importantly the $1,000,000 Gift.” CL

“I had more victims than I thought – The Domino Effect and learning how to cash my $1,000,000 check (processing emotions correctly). JG

78th NE Women Prison, York NE – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class May 31, 2017 – 100% rated the class Excellent!   

“It helped me realize why I get ANGRY so fast and how much I hurt my community.”  RJ   

“The class required us to think and feel empathy towards our victims.” DH 

67th Adult Probation, Omaha NE – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class May 27, 2017 – 89% rated the class Excellent! 

“Helped me pin point my feelings and how I harmed so many “The Domino Effort.”  LE

“It helped me pinpoint the extent of just the “Ripple Effect” of how my actions have affected others.”   JO

146th Lincoln Probation – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class May 20 2017 – 33% rated the class Excellent! 67% Good

“Helped me learn a lot about the people I hurt it’s not about me it’s about the victims.”  AS

“Gained new insight into how my crime wasn’t a victim-less crime.”  JDeB

11th Grand Island Probation -Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class May 13 2017

“Gave me understanding how many victims are really affected – true understanding on HARM.” JK

“It explained the impact my actions had on so many different people and how I can cope with a lot of emotions (Emotional Hygiene).” DB

16th Hastings, NE Probation -Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class May 13 2017

“I had no idea about the impact I had and how many victims there are.  Also the tools to use on how to cash that $1,000,000 check!  (Emotional Hygiene)”  JE

“Made me realize the impact on my victims.  Also how to better handle tough situations better and it expanded my view on victims I hurt and “The Domino Effect” all the way victims are harmed and damaged.” JK

14th Lexington Probation – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class May 6, 2017.  83% rated the class Excellent! 16% Good

“I learned a lot about the Emotional, Physical, Financial, Spiritual pain I caused my community by my actions.”  KD

“Opened my eyes onto who I truly HARMED and an insight into Restorative Justice.” JP

145th Lincoln Probation – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class April 29, 2017 – 100% rated the class Excellent!  

“It helped me understand my ANGER and helped break the cycle so my daughter don’t go down the same path.  Learning about The Gift $1,000,000 Check  and how to take out the shit! (Emotional Hygiene)” NH

“Helped me with understanding victims harms and impact.” LO

“The workshop was AWESOME! – Very informative!”   SD

49th Lincoln Correctional Center – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class April 26, 2017- 72% rated the class Excellent with 28%Good! 

“Understanding the victims and the impact of my HARM.”

“It helped me know about my victims and ANGER.” KO

66th CJC Omaha, NE Probation – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class April 22, 2017  82% Rated Excellent!  

“It was AMAZING!”  KB

“Learning about EMOTIONAL HYGIENE and how to channel my emotions on certain situations and it helped me understand the effects my harm had on my community and the people around me.”  BB

“It helped me understand who my victims are and how I harmed them.  It helps me understand my ANGER and what emotions it’s linked too.”  JG

17th Norfolk, NE Probation – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class April 22, 2017 83%of class participates rated the class Excellent with 17%Good! 

“I had a fairly good idea that my DUI has impacted a lot people but this really opened my eyes more and stressed the “The Domino Effect” (how victims I really harm in many ways)”  KS

“I discovered just how many victims was in my crime.” BH 

“I realized how many people are affected by my mess ups.”  TZ

5th North Platte, NE Probation – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class April 15, 2017 50% of class participates rated the class Excellent with 50%Good! 

“Taught me all about what I did not understand as far as who my victims were.”  SK

“It really helped identify who the actual victims were and to see how many indirect victims there are.”  ZH

144th Lincoln, NE Probation – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class April 15, 2017 88% of class participates rated the class Excellent with 11% Good! 

“Showed how to see my actions and how they affect others.  It’s a great course.  Would love to see this used in more places – schools etc”  DMc

“I will instill these steps and information (emotional hygiene) into my live!  This was extremely interactive to my growth.” SW

4th Broken Bow, NE Probation – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class April 8, 2017

“Made me understand how my crimes affect victims, myself and everyone else.” MT

“It brought to light how to work with my ANGER ISSUES better.” JV

59th Nebraska State Penitentiary – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class Mar 29, 2017  80% of class participates rated the class Excellent with 20% Good!

“Helped me understand the damage and hurt I caused my victims”. LR

“I learned how my crime (HARM) affected others and The Gift – The $1,000,000 check – (how to process emotions – Emotional Hygiene)”. JW 

65th Omaha, NE Probation – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class Mar 25, 2017 – 100% of class participates rated the class Excellent!

“It helped me to realize there are more victims impacted by my poor choices than I was aware of before class.  The circle of victim’s worksheet it really open my eyes to how victims were impacted by my poor choices and who all was affected by them.” SW

“Helped me to understand the impact of my crime on the whole community.” GMcG

48th Lincoln Correctional Center, Lincoln NE – Victims Impact/Empathy Class Mar 22, 2017 Class Size: 8 Participants – 100% rated the class Excellent!     

“Helped me understand how I impacted all the victims directly and indirectly also helped me understand easily about all the victims that were hurt.” CR

“To realize how many people are really affected by my crime.” RS

142nd Lincoln, NE Probation – Victims Impact/Empathy/Life Skills Class  Mar 18, 2017  Great Job Larry!       

“I opened my mind to understanding what exactly how my crime effected my victims and community (physical, emotionally, financially and spiritually because of my actions.“  JC

“It was very insightful on how all my crime affected so many people in my community that I had never thought about.”  SL  

The Community Justice Center (CJC) is a 501(c) 3, Restorative Justice organization that uniquely combines victim services along with our evidence-based programming to achieve our goals of increasing public safety/reducing crime/saving tax dollars.
The Community Justice Center (CJC) offers institutional and community programming that serves the needs of victims, offenders, and the community.

After CJC Restorative Justice Intervention (RJI) Individuals on probation were

After CJC Restorative Justice Intervention (RJI)

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After CJC Restorative Justice Intervention (RJI)

times less likely to recidivate

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of participants showed some level of Empathy regarding harm to their victims

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of incarcerated persons taking CJC RJI recidivate between 1-3 years of release

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of participants are Engaged/Motivated

The Community Justice Story is Now a Book!

This quick read sheds insight into how the author’s choices influenced his life journey into cocaine addiction, violence, crime and eventually his incarceration. In prison, the author was given a powerful gift that changed his course in life. Jim shares that gift through an innovative program he created to address the needs of crime victims, offenders, and the community. He believes that by CHANGING THE LANGUAGE within our criminal justice system, we can reduce crime. When a crime is committed we need to ask not only, “What laws were broken and how are we going to punish the offender?” but also, “What harm was done and who is responsible for repairing that harm?” Just by changing the language a little, offender’s accountability is realized much faster, and the needs of victims are elevated and addressed first, not as a secondary thought.