The Community Justice Center (CJC) is a nonprofit, public safety organization addressing the needs of crime victims, offenders, and communities. The CJC operates all programming utilizing evidenced-based principles and practices of Restorative Justice. Click here to watch a brief video on Restorative Justice.
CJC has provided unique classes to correctional institutions since 2001 and adult probation since 2006, complimenting their existing programming. We recommend all offenders and addicts take the class at the beginning of their institutional and community based supervision. Institutional staff has reported that offenders are less defensive and easier to supervise after completing CJC instruction, resulting in a noticeable reduction in misconduct reports and lower recidivism rates.
Offender Victim Impact Classes develop basic knowledge and skills to help each individual grow as a person. Offenders learn to stand accountable for the crime they committed. Each receives the tools necessary to speak to their victim and accept responsibility for the harm they have caused. Becoming accountable and responsible will help repair the harm. Follow up monitoring of ongoing homework assignments is included.
Offender Victim Impact classes utilize surrogate victim impact statements during class whereby individuals must break down and identify the victims and communities emotional, physical and/or financial harm. By utilizing surrogate victims we can speed up the accountability/growth process where individuals build important competencies skills essential in habilitating offenders. This approach allows offenders to effectively digest and translate important victim’s issues and realities into their daily living. The impact of these classes highlight the common ground we all share regarding pain and losses; we believe having a deep down and long-lasting emotional impact accelerates change in thinking and behaviors equaling less crime and safer communities.
The CJC has worked in tandem with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services [NDCS] and Nebraska Probation and Parole to provide these “Offenders Motivational/ Victims Impact Classes.