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The Nebraska Center for Justice Research (NCJR) was established in 2014 with a mission to develop and sustain research capacity internal to the State of Nebraska. Our goal is to assist the Legislature in research, evaluation, and policymaking to reduce recidivism, promote the use of evidence-based practices, and improve public safety. Now it its third year of production, the primary purpose of the Adult Justice report is to provide an overview of recent data concerning Nebraska’s adult criminal justice system. Most of the data in this report is presented statewide as well as separated into Nebraska’s twelve judicial districts. We also added interstate comparisons to this year’s report so that our readers could compare Nebraska to other states. Nebraska’s two most metropolitan counties are represented by District 4 (Douglas County) and District 3 (Lancaster County). The classification of the remainder of the state’s 93 counties can be found in the table on page 4. Please contact NCJR for any questions regarding county-level estimates of the data included in this report. Generally, this report compares criminal justice data across Nebraska from 2012 to 2016. Although more recent data was available for some aspects of the criminal justice system, the most complete and comprehensive system-wide data was available for 2015, which we report here to maintain consistency and reliability. The report is organized according to the stages of the process of the criminal justice system: • Environmental context provides an overview of population demographics in Nebraska • System context provides an overview of law enforcement employment and victimization • Arrests provides an overview of violent and property crime arrests by districts and compares arrests in Nebraska to other states • Offenses provides an overview of crimes reported or known to the police and includes information on the percent of crimes cleared by arrests and compares Nebraska to other states • County and District Court provide an overview of the distribution of the county court caseload by district as well as the district court caseload • Corrections provides data on admissions and correctional populations by factors such as race and commitment offense • Adults on community supervision/probation provides an overview of trends regarding offenders serving their sentence in the community (New this year!) • Justice Reinvestment provides a brief update regarding the status of efforts to alleviate Nebraska’s prison overcrowding problem (New this year!) Our hope is that this report serves as a reference guide for providing a comprehensive view of the adult criminal justice system in the state of Nebraska. This report was made possible by the financial support provided to the Nebraska Center for Justice Research by LB 907. Questions, suggestions, and comments should be directed to Dr. Ryan Spohn, Director, at Thank you for your hard work in sustaining and improving criminal justice in Nebraska



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