Director: Ryan Spohn, Ph.D.
Nebraska Center for Justice Research
College of Public Affairs and Community Service
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182
The Nebraska Center for Justice Research (NCJR) is a multidisciplinary research center housed at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The mission of the NCJR is to develop and sustain research capacity internal to the State of Nebraska, assist the Legislature in research, evaluation, and policymaking to reduce recidivism, promote the use of evidence-based practices in corrections, and improve public safety.
NCJR is affiliated with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is a nationally recognized leader in the scientific study of the causes of crime and criminal justice system responses. Faculty are subject matter experts in youth and adult victimization, correctional excellence, policing, and global terrorism among other critical areas of criminal justice. Our bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs are among the top criminology and criminal justice programs, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Our Master's of Science degree program is rated third in the country.
NCJR consists of a director, Dr. Ryan Spohn, an associate director, Dr. Emily Wright, and four full-time staff members. The center also funds a number of doctoral students as research assistants on research and evaluation projects. Finally, NCJR has forty-six faculty affiliates across numerous disciplines, all four University of Nebraska campuses, and four universities across the United States.
Spohn, Ryan, Emily M. Wright, Joselyn Chenane, and Sara Toto. 2018. Nebraska Center for Justice Research: Annual Report 2018. Nebraska Center for Justice Research.
Kurtz, Don L., Ryan Spohn, and Johanna Peterson. 2018. Nebraska Vocational and Life Skills Initiative. Client Perceptions of Program Services and Ability to Reintegrate: A Qualitative Analysis of Grant Cycle 1 Participant Interviews. Nebraska Center for Justice Research.
Wright, Emily M., Ryan Spohn, Joselyne Chenane, and Sara N. Toto. 2018. Evaluation of the Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) Program at Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. Nebraska Center for Justice Research.
Schoenbeck, Madison, Joseph Mroz, Joseph Allen, Roni Reiter-Palmon, and Ryan Spohn. 2018. Alternatives to Detention Evaluation: Final Report. Nebraska Center for Justice Research.
Ellison, Jared M. and Ryan E. Spohn. 2017. Borders up in Smoke: Marijuana Enforcement in Nebraska after Colorado's Legalization of Medicinal Marijuana. Criminal Justice Policy Review. 28:847-865.
Spohn, Ryan, Abby L. Bjornsen, and Emily M. Wright. 2017. Factors Associated with Perceptions of Rape Events and Reporting of Rape among College and Non-College Women. Journal of Aggression, Conflict, and Peace Research. 9:279-289.
Steiner, Benjamin and Calli M. Cain (2017). Punishment within Prison: An Examination of the Influences of Prison Officials' Decisions to Remove Sentencing Credits. Law and Society Review. 51: 70-98.
Wright, Emily M., Ryan E. Spohn, Joselyne Chenane, and Nick Juliano. 2017. The Importance of Interagency Collaboration for Crossover Youth: A Research Note. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. 15:481-491.
Spohn, Ryan, Emily M. Wright, Joselyn Chenane, and Sara Toto. 2017. Adult Justice in Nebraska 2017. Nebraska Center for Justice Research.
Spohn, Ryan, Emily M. Wright, Joselyne Chenane, and Sara Toto. 2017. Marijuana Enforcement in Nebraska (2013-2015). Nebraska Center for Justice Research.
Spohn, Ryan, Emily M. Wright, and Joselyne Chenane. 2017. Evaluation of the Crossover Youth Practice Model (Youth Impact!): Results Summary. Nebraska Center for Justice Research.