James “Jim” Jones, is currently the Executive Director and Senior Trainer of the Community Justice Center. His primary interests include crime victim’s issues, corrections, juvenile justice and youth policy. Phone 402.429.1050.
His passion to give back to the community, by helping crime victims while holding offenders accountable came from his own experiences with victimization. In October 1989, Jim was arrested for robbery and served a 3 to 5 year sentence in Nebraska State Penitentiary. After his release in 1992, Jim went on to earn two Associates of Arts degrees in Drug/Alcohol Counseling and Youth Specialization. In 1995, while working at the Lincoln Action Program (LAP), Jim took an existing youth prison program and redesigned it into a unique Crime Victims/Youthful Offenders program called “Victims First Team.” The Team was made up of juvenile offenders who assisted surrogate crime victims around their homes and businesses to rectify the harm from crime. The youth would clean up graffiti, help domestic violence victims relocate or perform manual labor following a crime. These young people would hear directly from crime victims and see the real cost of crime up front – the emotional, physical and financial damage caused by crime to individuals and communities. The program held young offenders accountable while building their competencies and improved public safety.
In 1999 he attended Basic and Advance Training for Restorative Trainers with the Balance and Restorative Justice Project (BARJ) at Florida Atlantic University, sponsored by US Justice Department, National Institute of Corrections; Jim also attended the National Victims Assistance Academy “2000” at the Medical University of South Caroline.
Terence (Terry) Johnson, is a Provisionally Licensed Alcohol/Drug Counselor in the state of Nebraska. He has been working in this field for 2 years. Terry did his internship and worked at the Siena Francis House in Omaha, the states largest homeless shelter and residential treatment facility. He also was a volunteer mentor for a non-profit organization working with ex-offenders to help them reintegrate back into society by helping them with necessities such as employment, housing and education. Terry is currently working as a contractor for the Department of Defense providing alcohol/substance abuse educatiion statewide to the Nebraska National Guard. Terry is committed to helping offenders change their lives and give them an opportunity to be productive members of society.
Sandra (Sandi) Raney, MAC, ADC, LAT, LDAC, PLMHP, CART; is a substance abuse and mental health counselor licensed internationally, in the states of Wyoming and Nebraska and certified anger resolution therapist. She has been working in the field approximately ten years first as a mentor then as a counselor. Sandi has specialized in substance use and trauma with veterans, men, women and now adolescence. She has experience working with the criminal justice system both inside and out of the prison setting, transitional living facilities, probation and parole. She also has experience within the residential settings of treatment.
Sandi is a veteran of the US Coast Guard and US Navy with deployment to Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990 – 1991. Through this time, Sandi gained recovery from alcohol and sick relationships. She has support of her husband and youngest son in Scottsbluff, NE. Currently she is in private practice and travels to meet clients in their homes along with meeting them in detention and office.
Sandi enjoys spending time camping, hiking and exploration of this great land with her husband and son. She has four older step-daughters, two older children, daughter and son by prior marriage and along with 13 grandchildren. Her passion is to walk with people through pain toward healing and restoration of health of mind, body and spirit along with surrounding relationships.