Victim Impact/Empathy - Life Skills Class & Offender Referral Sheet

Online and In-Person Classes

Offender Referral Sheet (Word Doc)

Since 2006, the CJC has provided Offender Motivational – Victims Impact classes in Lincoln, Beatrice, Omaha, Bellevue, Columbus, South Sioux City, Lexington, Hastings, Gering.

The Community Justice Center (CJC) is a non-profit, public safety organization. CJC addresses 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. CJC is based on the philosophy of restorative justice.
*This class is designed for all offenses, including probation.

Offender Motivational – Victims Impact Class (OMVI)
Restorative Justice: a victim centered approach to crime
Crime Victims Impact: defines crime victims and how people and communities are harmed.
Offenders: personaly responsible, holding accountability, eliminating excuses, and anger.
Total Cost of Crime to Communities: financial cost to victims and communities
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.
Offenders receive fewer write ups.
Reduced crime and safer communities.

The impact of these classes highlight the common ground we all share regarding pain and loss. By utilizing surrogate victims, we can speed up the accountability and growth process. These emotional impacts’ help accelerate change in thinking, creating less crime and safer communities. This is where offenders build important competencies skills that are essential in habilitation!

Incarcerated Individuals
assists offenders in learning the true nature of crime, and how it damages their communities. CJC holds offenders accountable for the damage they’ve caused.  Since 2001, we’ve provided effective Offender Motivational Victim – Impact Classes to incarcerated and supervised individuals. In class, offenders must identify and record how communities are damaged by crime. Surrogate Victim Impact Statements are taken from our CJC website. Our teachers prepare and encourage offenders to receive treatment programs. An offender who completes the CJC course can understand and apply programming techniques quickly; in comparison to an offender that has not been exposed to CJC instruction.

CJC Participants Recidivism Rate
Prison 2001-2010

869 inmates have completed the class
653 were released back into their communities
117 returned to Nebraska state prisons with new offenses before their 3rd year of release (18% recidivsim rate).
11% return to Nebraska prison for technical violations.

 In Nebraska Correctional Staff and Community Benefits
Supervision of offenders is easier (offenders are less defensive).
Staff and inmate safety is improved.
Offenders are able to understand and apply treatment techniques.
Offenders are more open to other programming.
Safer Communities (less crime).
Much lower recidivism rates.
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CJC participants comments – How was the class helpful?
“It helped me see more the effects that my actions have had on my victim’s family and how it led to damage of the community’s sense of security”.
“Help me realize what I did and how deep the wounds go. How I can start the process of healing”.
“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”.
“Over the past ten years I have seen so many women who truly believed that they were the only victim of their crime. After a class, they come away with a realization, and a new attitude about what they have done, and how many people were affected. The class is one of the single most effective things I have seen done at Nebraska Correctional Center for Women”.
Mary Alley
Vocational Teacher II/Victims Advocate
Nebraska Correctional Center for Women

*To review all inmates class comments please contact James Jones at
(402) 429-1050

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