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About the Nebraska Criminal Justice Review
The NCJR is published by Holy Family Ministries 1715 Izard Street, Omaha NE 68102. Views expressed in the Nebraska Criminal Justice Review do not necessarily represent the views of Holy Family Ministries, the members of our Advisory Committee, or anyone who contributes financially to the newsletter.

Mission: To improve public understanding of the criminal justice system in Nebraska and the needs of offenders and victims. To improve communication between those who administer and staff the criminal justice system, those who make plans and laws for it, those who are personally affected by it, and the community which pays for it and should be involved with it.

PUBLICATION NOTE: After a 1½ year break (since January 2018), publication of the NCJR resumed in July 2019, with Mel Beckman returning to his role as Editor. Jeanie Mezger took over the role of editor in March 2023.

VIEWING NOTE: To view all issues in chronological order, select the BROWSE BY "By Issue Date" option at the top of this page. Ascending/ Descending order can be adjusted using the cogwheel in gray box at top right of Issue List. Issues start with the February 2000 issue. To download PDF select desired issue and click on pdf link below the NCJR rectangle at the top left of the issue record.

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    Nebraska Criminal Justice Review: March 2024
    (Holy Family Ministries, Omaha, Neb., 2024-03)
    Contents: Can we do better? by Mel Beckman Edward Poindexter: Dying to be Free, by Erin McCoy Arellano Tender Mercies of the Pardons Board, by Jeanie Mezger Felony Murder Rule, by Jason Witmer Punished for Presence: Unjust Justice and the Felony Murder Doctrine From a Female Inmate Perspective, by Terri L. Crawford, JD Barred: Why the Innocent Can’t Get Out of Prison by Daniel S. Medwed: Book Review, by Jeanie Mezger Access to Prisons for the Ombudsman and Inspectors General Awaits Passage of LB 1321, by Joanna Lindberg Poisoned inside and out: Landfill Land Swap and the Devastating Impact of Environmental Racism on Prison Populations, by Terri L. Crawford, JD Can I Trust GTL’s Recent Request for Additional Personal Information? by Erin McCoy-Arellano Water Quality at York Facility (First in a series about women in prison), by Joanna Lindberg Voting Rights Restoration, by Joanna Lindberg Understanding the Restorative Practice Continuum, by Monica Miles-Steffens Criminalizing Homelessness – Grappling with LB1357, by Tim Sully Letters
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    Nebraska Criminal Justice Review: December 2023
    (Holy Family Ministries, Omaha, Neb., 2023-12) Mezger, Jeanie (Editor)
    Contents: The Affordable Housing Crisis, by Ann O’Connor IG and Ombudsman still available, by Jeanie Mezger New NDCS Medical Director, by Jeanie Mezger NDCS Policy 205.02: Visiting restrictions on those who have committed crimes in which the victims were minor-aged children (under 19 years of age), by Mel Beckman Carceral Redlining – The Path to Prison through Policy, Practices and Processes, by Terri L. Crawford, JD Gun Violence and Harm Reduction, by Jeanie Mezger Strategic Planning, by Rob Jeffreys The High Costs of Communicating While Incarcerated, by Terri L. Crawford, JD LB50: Advocating on the Frontline, by Jasmine L. Harris OIG: 2023 Annual Report, by Jeanie Mezger Adverse Childhood Experiences, by Todd Cook One Brick at a Time: Civil Conversation, by Jason Witmer Letters
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    Nebraska Criminal Justice Review: September 2023
    (Holy Family Ministries, Omaha, Neb., 2023-09) Mezger, Jeanie (Editor)
    CONTENTS: Prison Dog Program is Beneficial for All, by Erin McCoy Arellano Reforms that work: The need to implement Smart Justice policies in Nebraska, by Scout Richters Senator Conrad responds to AGl Opinion, by Jeanie Mezger Research Underway on Programming Effectiveness, by Dr. Michael Campagna Untapped Talent: How Second Chance Hiring Works for Your Business and the Community By Jeffrey Korzenik Book Review, by Jeanie Mezger Reading Prisoner Mail: Constitutional Protections of Legal Correspondence with Your Attorney, by Terri L. Crawford Misunderstanding and Misusing Registry Laws Causes Harm, by Jeanie Mezger Know someone in prison? Why not arrange a visit? by Mel Beckman NDCS Could Make Positive Change, by Jeanie Mezger LB 50 is Not Enough, by James Fisher Letters
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    Nebraska Criminal Justice Review: June 2023
    (Holy Family Ministries, Omaha, Neb., 2023-06) Mezger, Jeanie (Editor)
    CONTENTS: Tecumseh Incident Reveals Deep Flaws In Mental Health Response, by Barbara Jessing Calling All Artists: “Art from the Inside” 2023 Exhibit Commissioners approve mental health facility for Douglas County Corrections, by Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson The Problem of Registered Citizens and Nursing Facilities, by Meg Blair Honoring the Legacy — From Prison to Purpose, by Terri L. Crawford Justice in Action is Happening in Lincoln, by Judy Kelly The Empowerment Network and Omaha Police Department Helping to Reduce Omaha Gun Assaults and Homicides, by Joanna Lindberg Legislative Update: 2023 bills impact-ing Nebraskans who are incarcerated, by Scout Richters Parole and Residence Restrictions, by Jeanie Mezger Letters
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    Nebraska Criminal Justice Review, March 2023
    (Holy Family Ministries, Omaha, Neb., 2023-03) Mezger, Jeanie (Editor)
    CONTENTS: Fear-Mongering Website Contributes to Vigilante Violence, by Jeanie Mezger In Memoriam: Greg Christian Lauby, by Erin McCoy Arellano January 20 Voting Rights Restoration Press Conference for LB20 & LR4CA, by Joanna Lindberg Case Update: ACLU’s Lawsuits Progress on Behalf of Youth Previously Held at the Now-Closed Geneva Facility, by Scout Richters Who Could This Bill Hurt? by Erin McCoy-Arellano Not All Bills Become Law; Very Few Do! by Joanna Lindquist An Opportunity to Report Problems with Tenant Background Checks, by Jeanie Mezger Book Review: Undoing Drugs, by Jeanie Mezger Pickleball Comes to Prison, by Linda Ohri Letters