Since 2006, the CJC has provided Offenders Motivational/Victims Impact Classes in Lincoln, Beatrice, Omaha, Bellevue, Columbus, South Sioux City, Lexington, Hastings, and Gering (Nebraska probation system).
The Community Justice Center (CJC) is a not-for-profit, public safety organization addressing the needs of crime victims, offenders, and communities. We uniquely combine crime victim curriculum and our evidence-based offender programming to achieve our goal of increasing public safety. CJC was founded in 2000 in Lincoln, Nebraska on the philosophy of Restorative Justice, which states “Crime is not an act against the state, but an act against human relationships.” The class is designed for all offenses.
Class Curriculum – Offenders Motivational/Victims Impact Class (OMVI)
Restorative Justice (Defined) – a victim centered approach to crime
Crime Victims Impact – define crime victims and how people and communities are harmed
Offenders – personal responsibility, holding individuals accountable, eliminating excuses (ANGER)
Total Cost of Crime to Communities – financial cost to victims and communities (taxpayers)
Full Explanation of OMVI course curriculum
CJC Participants Recidivism Rate
- Probationary Individuals (513) 2006-2010
- A 2012 University of Nebraska – Lincoln
- (UNL) program evaluation study
- shows that 68.5% of those in the control group recidiviated, while 32.2% of those taking the CJC class recidivated.
- Over 60% showed some level of empathy and/or insight into the effects of their actions on the victims/community.
- Specifically, those attending the CJC classes were 2 times LESS likely to recidivate than those not attending the class.
In Nebraska Probation, Parole, Diversion and Community Benefits
- Reduces crime and lowers recidivism rates
- Offenders are easier to supervise
- Offenders are open to other programming, augmenting county and state services
- Offenders receive fewer write ups
- Habilitate Offenders
- Reduced crime and safer communities
CJC participants comments – How was the class helpful?
- I think that everyone, even one’s that don’t get into trouble, like at schools should go to this class or have someone go into the schools to teach it.
- I loved the class, it needs to be nationwide, every city and state.
- I thought was the victim, I now know who my victims are directly and indirectly.
- It helps me better understand the impact I have on the victims and my community.
- Helped me identify who and how I hurt my victims.