CJC Program Research

2012 University of Nebraska CJC Program Research Evaluation (PDF)
By Dennis McChargue, PhD, Assoc. Professor & Assoc. DCT,
Mario Scalora, PhD, Associate Professor,
Calvin Garbin, PhD, Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This exploratory study aims to compare the recidivism rates of those that attended the Community Justice Center Offenders Motivational/Victims Impact Class (CJC-OMVI; n = 383) versus those that did not (n = 130) after two to four years of initial contact.  Simple comparisons suggest that CJC-OMVI attendees were three times less likely to recidivate (χ2 = 49.62, p < .01).  Logistic regression results indicate that CJC-OMVI class attendees are still two times less likely to recidivate even after accounting for gender, age, number of felonies and misdemeanors, case management/level of service inventory scores, and procriminal and antisocial attitudes.  Subsequent qualitative study of CJC-OMVI attendees indicate that over 60% show some level of empathy and/or insight into the effect of their actions to the victim and/or the community.  Although the study is preliminary and exploratory in nature, results of the study suggest that the CJC-OMVI is instrumental in reducing recidivism and increasing insight and empathy among individuals in probation.