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Nebraska Crime Commission

Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Divisions

Although the Crime Commission is a relatively small state agency, it is responsible for the administration of a wide variety of programs mandated by state and federal law. The Crime Commission's array of programs and functions reflect its historical transition in mission from that of distributing federal grant funds to a service and regulatory agency, responsible for the overall improvement of Nebraska's criminal and juvenile justice systems.

Budget & Accounting

The Budget and Accounting Division performs core administrative functions for the Crime Commission including:

Payroll, including administering benefits and deductions for all employees; Payments to Vendors; Contractual Payments; Payments to Grantees; Budget Request submitted to the Governor and Legislature; Tracking expenditures by budget program during the fiscal year; Federal Financial Reports; Respond to requests for information from the State Auditor's staff; Revise and interpret internal policies relating to staff; Fiscal Notes on Legislative Bills

Community Corrections

Legislative Bill 390 was passed by the legislature and signed into law by the Governor on May 26, 2011. This legislation created the Community Corrections Division of the Nebraska Crime Commission. Previously the duties and staff now associated with this Division were under the Community Corrections Council, which LB390 eliminated.

 

Federal Grants and Programs

The Federal Grants and Programs Division manages federal grant programs. The grant programs administered by this division include John R. Justice (JRJ), Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT), Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), STOP Violence Against Women Act, Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP), Office of Juvenile Delinquency.

 

Quarterly Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 1 - Coming Soon          General Forms Applicable to All Grants

Grant Announcements

 

Announcing

The Nebraska Crime Victim Reporting System or NCVRS

The Nebraska Crime Commission is excited to announce that we have officially launched the new Nebraska Crime Victim Reporting System, NCVRS, for use by victim assistance agencies and sub-grantees. NCVRS is accessible via NCJIS at http://ncjis.nebraska.gov for authorized users. This new statewide system is free to use, and provides comprehensive data entry, tracking, and reporting functionality for clients and cases, including automated PMT report creation.

 

 

Grant Funded Programs

Crime Victim Reparations Program (CVR) 

The Nebraska Crime Victim Reparations (CVR) program is funded through the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), state general fund appropriations and cash funds.  The Nebraska Crime Victim Reparations Act was created in 1979 with the passage of Legislative Bill (LB) 910. The Act provides compensation to innocent victims of a crime for certain expenses related to the criminal act. Nebraska Revised Statutes 81-1801 to 81-1842 and Crime Commission Rules and Regulations Title 80, Chapters 1 - 7 govern the operation of the CVR Program with Crime Commission staff providing administrative support.  Please feel free to visit the website or call at (402) 471-2828 or (402) 471-2194. 

Crime Victim Reparations Program (CVR)

 

Nebraska Victim Advocacy Program & Direct Victim Assistance

The Nebraska Victim Advocacy Program (N.V.A.P) is able to ensure victims of crime, regardless of location or victimization type, have access to advocacy and direct client assistance. N.V.A.P is committed to serving those affected by various types of victimization, and the Nebraska Victim Advocacy Program encourages you to reach out to our coordinator: Julie Geise, 402.429.1609 julie.geise@nebraska.gov.

Nebraska Victim Advocacy Program & Direct Victim Assistance

 

Nebraska Crime Victim – Training and Technical Assistance Programs (NCV-TTAP)

A grant funded program that brings supplemental trainings and training scholarships to victim service providers and allied professionals.  Stay up to date on the latest trainings through our List Serv.  Send your email address to tonia.nantkes@nebraska.gov, put "list serv" in the subject line and we will add you. 

Tell us what kind of trainings are needed in your area : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H7WK6CX.

Nebraska Crime Victim - Training and Technical Assistance Programs (NCV-TTAP)

 

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT)

The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Grant Program assists states and units of local government in developing and implementing residential substance abuse treatment programs in state and local correctional and detention facilities.

 

Justice Assistance Grant - JAG

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program allows states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and to improve the criminal justice system. JAG funds may be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, strategic planning, research and evaluation, data collection, training, personnel, and criminal justice information systems.

 

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) - Federal Grant Program

Established in 1988 through an amendment to the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), Congress charged the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) with administering the Crime Victims Fund (the Fund). The Fund supports a broad array of programs and services that focus on helping victims in the immediate aftermath of crime and continuing to support them as they rebuild their lives. Fines finance the fund and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders, gifts, donations, and bequests by private parties. No portion of the fund is financed by tax dollars. All services funded through VOCA are provided to individual crime victims at no cost to the victim. 

 

Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP)

The Sexual Assault Services Formula Grant Program (SASP) is the first federal funding stream solely dedicated to the provision of direct intervention and related assistance for victims of sexual assault. This program also receives funds for the Violence Against Women’s Act administered by the Federal Office on Violence Against Women. The SASP Formula Grant Program directs grant dollars to states and territories to assist in supporting rape crisis centers and other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations or tribal programs that provide services, direct intervention and related assistance to victims of sexual assault.  Funds provided through SASP are to supplement other funding sources directed at addressing sexual assault on the state and territorial level. The SASP grant funds are to provide intervention, advocacy, accompaniment and other support services to adult, youth and child victims of sexual assault, family/household members and others that are collaterally affected by the victimization.

 

STOP Violence Against Women Act Grant Program

The STOP (Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors) grant funds are awarded to states to create and enhance comprehensive, positive changes in the criminal justice system’s response to the violent crimes of domestic and intimate partner violence, dating violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking. Funds are distributed based on census population data. These grants are utilized to promote and coordinate community and statewide responses among and across the criminal justice system and victim advocacy organizations including medical services, mental health providers and other entities responding to the needs of victims of domestic and intimate partner violence, dating violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking. For victims and survivors these partnerships ensure that communities are leveraging resources in ways that effectively support the multitude of issues associated with violent crimes against women and other marginalized populations.

STOP Quarterly Activity Summary Report Part 1 PDF

STOP Quarterly Activity Summary Report Part 1 Doc

 

GrantVantage

Federal Grants and Programs utilizes GrantVantage as the online grant management system for all subawards (except for CESF).  To access training resources for GrantVantage, please go to the below:

Nebraska Crime Victim - Training and Technical Assistance Program (NCV-TTAP)

 

 

 

Evidence-based Programs

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) supports programs that have proven to be effective evidence-based programs.  Questions often arise about what is meant by evidence-based programs. Office of Justice Programs (OJP) considers programs and practices to be evidence-based when their effectiveness has been demonstrated by causal evidence (generally obtained through one or more outcome evaluations).

NCJA                          BJA

Crime Solutions          NIC

NIJ Criminal Justice Training

 

General Forms Applicable to All Grants

Proration of Costs Spreadsheet.xlsx

FG&P Project Change Request

PCR Budget Revision.xlsx

Biweekly Timsheet Example

Monthly Timesheet Example

 

Resources

Procurement Process

Office for Victim of Crime

Nebraska Coalition for Victims of Crime (NCVC)

Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence

Victim’s Guide to Nebraska’s Criminal Justice System (English)

Victim’s Guide to Nebraska’s Criminal Justice System (Spanish)

Victim’s Guide to Nebraska’s Criminal Justice System (Vietnamese)

 

 

 

Juvenile Programs and Interventions

The Juvenile Programs and Interventions Division administers state grant programs in relation to the Juvenile Services Act (Neb. Rev. Stat. Sections 43-2401 to 43-2412), specifically Community-Based Juvenile Services Aid Program (CBA), Community-based Juvenile Services Enhancement Aid Program (EB), and Juveniles Services Commission Grant Program (JS). Funding acquired through participation in these grant programs is used to support programs and services that will divert juveniles from the juvenile justice system, impact and effectively treat juveniles within the juvenile justice system, and reduce the juvenile detention population or assist juveniles in transitioning from out-of-home placements to in-home treatments.

In addition to administering grant programs, the division provides technical assistance and guidance for the development of comprehensive juvenile services plans; provides technical assistance and guidance to juvenile pretrial diversion programs for implementing evidence-based strategies or standardized, replicable practices that have been researched and have demonstrated positive outcomes; assists juvenile pretrial diversion program directors, county attorneys, district probation officers acting under section 29-2258, and county boards in developing policies and practices that achieve the goals of quality juvenile pretrial diversion programs; assists juvenile justice system stakeholders in developing policies and practices that are research-based or standardized and reliable and are implemented with fidelity and which have been researched and demonstrate positive outcomes; and participates in collaborative  relationships with juvenile justice system stakeholders, providing education and training.

 

*Announcements Section*

 

Community Comprehensive Juvenile Services Plans
This is a planning year for comprehensive juvenile services plans that will cover 2021-2025. Plans are required in order to be eligible to receive Community-based Aid and Juvenile Services funding. If you need assistance with developing a plan, please reach out to amy.hoffman@nebraska.gov or trent.chestnutt@nebraska.gov for assistance.
UPDATED PLANS ARE DUE MARCH 5, 2021

 

Nebraska Community & Juvenile Justice Conference 2020
Lancaster County and the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice will be presenting the Nebraska Community Aid & Juvenile Justice Conference virtually this November. Dates for the conference are November 4-6, 12, and 13. For questions on this conference please contact trent.chestnutt@nebraska.gov.
Registration is now open, please use the following link to register: https://site.evenium.net/ncajjc2020/

 

 

Grant Programs

Community-Based Juvenile Services Aid Program (CBA)

The Community-Based Juvenile Services Aid Program (CBA) is formula based aid to counties, multiple counties, federally recognized or state-recognized Indian tribe or tribes, or any combination of the three, for purposes consistent with the Juvenile Services Act and the federal act, and shall be used to aid in the establishment and provision of community-based services for juveniles who come in contact with the juvenile justice system. (Statutory Reference §43-2404.02)

In accordance with Nebraska Revised Statute §43-2404.02(3)(f) view Section 011 of Title 75, Chapter 1 for the Community-Based Juvenile Services Aid Appeals Process.

Community-Based Juvenile Services Enhancement Aid Program (EB)

Any Community-based Juvenile Services aid not distributed to counties or tribes is retained by the commission to be distributed on a competitive basis under the Community-based Juvenile Services Aid Program for a county, multiple counties, federally recognized or state-recognized Indian tribe or tribes, or any combination of the three demonstrating additional need in the funding areas. (Statutory reference §43-2404.02(3)(e)).

Juveniles Services Commission Grant Program (JS)

The Juvenile Services Commission Grant Program (JS) is a competitive grant available to community-based agencies or organizations, political subdivisions, school districts, and federally recognized or state-recognized Indian tribes to aid in the establishment of programs or services for juveniles consistent with the Juvenile Services Act and the federal act. (Statutory reference §§ 43-2401 to 43-2412).

Juvenile Diversion

The division is responsible for fostering, promoting, researching, and assessing juvenile pretrial diversion programs and developing new programs in collaboration with cities and counties across the state of Nebraska. The Director establishes baseline program guidelines for juvenile pretrial diversion programs based on evidence-based practices, principles, programs, and research; compiles and maintains juvenile diversion data collection; and generates an annual report on juvenile pretrial diversion programs. All diversion programs must submit juvenile diversion data to the Director annually. (Statutory Reference § 43-260.07 and §81-1427).

Title 78, Chapter 8, Juvenile Diversion Data Collection

The Nebraska Juvenile Pretrial Diversion Guidelines, Tool Kits, and best practices resources can be found in the Juvenile Justice Resources tab here https://ncc.nebraska.gov/juvenile-justice-resources

Community Comprehensive Juvenile Services Plan

To be eligible for grant programs under the Juvenile Services Act, applicants must develop and submit comprehensive community plans to the Crime Commission. The plan must be developed by a comprehensive community team representing juvenile justice stakeholders. The plan must be based on data relevant to juvenile and family issues and identify clear implementation strategies. (Neb. Rev. Stat. 43-2404.01)

Additionally, all counties must have a county juvenile services plan that meets the requirements of Neb. Rev. Stat. 43-3504, submitted to the Crime Commission.

Juvenile Case Management System (JCMS)

All recipients of Community-based Juvenile Services Aid and Juvenile Services Commission Grant Program funding must report individual level data of youth served and quarterly activity narratives into the Juvenile Case Management System (JCMS). Individual certificates assigned by agency and program type are required to access JCMS within the secure Nebraska Criminal Justice Information System (NCJIS) data portal. To request a certificate to access JCMS or make any changes to an existing certificate, please contact Erin Wasserburger at ewasserburger@unomaha.edu.

For other issues with JCMS please contact the JCMS Helpdesk at NCC.JCMSHelpdesk@nebraska.gov. JCMS related resources can be found below.

Financial Grant Reporting – GrantVantage

Juvenile Programs and Interventions division utilizes GrantVantage as the online grant management system for all grant awards. GrantVantage Resources can be found below. To request a license for GrantVantage, please contact Kristy Nguyen at Kristy.Nguyen@nebraska.gov.

Evidence Based – Nebraska Evaluations

The Crime Commission contracts with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Juvenile Justice Institute, for the evaluation of the use of funds and the evidence of the effectiveness of programs or outcomes in the Community-based Juveniles Services Aid Program. Please visit the Evidence Based – Nebraska page for program definitions and resources, JCMS guides, and evaluation reports. (https://www.jjinebraska.org/)

Nebraska Coalition for Juvenile Justice

The Nebraska Coalition for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) is a coalition established pursuant to the Juvenile Services Act, and is the State Advisory Group (SAG) for purposes of the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act. The Coalition makes funding recommendations to the commission on the awarding of grants under the Juvenile Services Act; reports annually to the Governor, Legislature, and DHHS on statewide recommendations relevant to juvenile justice; and formulates, adopts, and promulgates recommendations and guidelines for programs and services to meet the purpose and objectives of the Juvenile Services Act and the federal act. Members of the Coalition are Governor appointed. (Statutory Reference §§ 43-2411 to 2412).

Statutes

  • Juvenile Services Act (Sections 43-2401 to 43-2412)
    • Commission Grant Program (43-2404)
    • Comprehensive Juvenile Services Plans (43-2404.01)
    • Community-based Juvenile Services Aid (43-24040.02)
  • Juvenile Diversion (Sections 43-260.02 to 43-260.07 and 81-1427)
  • Nebraska County Juvenile Services Plan Act (Sections 43-3501 to 43-3507)
  • Sealing Records Statutes (Sections 43-2,108.01 to 43-2,108.05)

 

Office of Violence Prevention

In the 2009 Legislative session LB 63 was passed establishing the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP). Statutes for OVP can be found at 81-1447 through 81-1451.

Priority of funding will be given to projects that appear to have the greatest benefit to the state and have goals to reduce street and gang violence, homicides and injuries caused by firearms. The Legislature found that to effectively address these issues, communities must develop a multi-faceted approach that includes violence prevention activities, intervention and enforcement, punishment when necessary and rehabilitation. Funding opportunities for these funds can be found under Grant Information on the Crime Commission website.

Mission Statement

To provide Leadership and aid in the development, growth and overall assessment of violence prevention programs throughout the State of Nebraska.

This effort will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Program evaluation
  • Coordination of programs and effort
  • Assist with administration and disitribution of funds to programs
  • Fundraising

Vision Statement

The Office of Violence Prevention strives to aid in the statewide reduction of violent crime. The Statutes for the Violence Prevention funds allow for donated gifts, bequests or other contributions. If you are interested in making a contribution to the Violence Prevention Fund you may do so by making the check out to: Office of Violence Prevention, Funding #27870.

You may send the check addressed to:

Office of Violence Prevention
Attn: Accounting Department
P.O. Box 94946
Lincoln, NE 68509-4946

For more information about the State Office of Violence Prevention, please contact:

Office of Violence Prevention
Chris Harris, Director
P.O. Box 94946
Lincoln, NE 68509-4946
(402)471-3813

Chris.Harris@Nebraska.gov

Systems and Research Division

The Systems and Research Division deals with issues relating to technology and statistics for the Crime Commission. There are three main areas that the Division has responsibility for: internal IT support, research & statistics, and criminal justice integration. The staff provides IT support for the Crime Commission’s day-to-day operations by overseeing office automation, acquisition, support and development of various internal programs. One major application that was developed is GMIS, the Grant Management Information System. This program automates the tracking and oversight of the more than 400 annual grants administered by the Grants Division. Research and statistics have been an ongoing and growing function within the Crime Commission to assist in planning and policy making at the local, state and federal levels. The UCR Section maintains annual crime and arrest statistics as well as doing audits and federal reporting. This provides the basis for state and national assessments of crime and activity. Reporting is done through both UCR (Uniform Crime Reporting) and NIBRS (National Incident Based Reporting System) in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The Division participates in other federal initiatives through the Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) program funded by the Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. Several statewide databases are maintained with statistical information collected, compiled, published and released on a regular and ad hoc basis. Data sharing is essential for the effective administration of justice. The CJIS Advisory Committee is a cooperative project formed by the Crime Commission in 1995 to work on integration and data sharing among criminal justice agencies. The Division provides staff support for the CJIS (Criminal Justice Information System) Advisory Committee and oversees a number of projects. CJIS refers to the broad range of programs and activities undertaken as well as the committee itself. CJIS works on, sponsors and funds projects at state and local levels as well as activities that cross a variety of jurisdictional boundaries. Additionally, CJIS provides a mechanism for agencies to share information about internal projects.

 

Quarter 1 2020 Newsletter

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Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS)

The Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Advisory Committee was established by the Crime Commission in 1995 in response to recommendations from the Nebraska Intergovernmental Data Communications Advisory Council (NIDCAC). The CJIS Advisory Committee provides advice and direction on issues relating to data sharing and use of information technology among criminal justice agencies. The Committee advises the Crime Commission on criminal justice information system issues, establishes and promotes standards for data processing and communication, facilitates the development and coordination of state and local criminal justice information systems, provides an avenue for cooperation and coordination among state and local information systems and establishes future directions for data sharing.

Projects include the web-based data portal Nebraska Criminal Justice Information System (NCJIS) which allows law enforcement and criminal justice agencies secure access to criminal justice information.

 

Information Technology Support

Information Technology Support is primarily responsible for providing service for the Crime Commission's technology needs. In-house technical computer support is provided for a variety of local applications, systems, and hardware including desktop and server systems. Also the division serves as an advisory for computer technology needs and project development at the Crime Commission.

 

Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) / Nebraska Incident-based Reporting System (NIBRS)

In 1971, the Crime Commission was assigned the responsibility for the collection of Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Law enforcement agencies in the state are statutorily required to submit monthly Uniform Crime Reports detailing the number of crimes reported or known to them and the number of arrests. The law enforcement agencies required to submit reports include sheriffs’ departments, police departments, the State Patrol, two campus police departments, and the State Fire Marshal. The crime statistics are forwarded to the FBI UCR Program for inclusion in national crime statistics and for use by state and local agencies and policy makers.

Law enforcement agencies may report data in one of two formats to the Crime Commission. The first format is the traditional Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and the second format is the Nebraska Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). The UCR format collects crime data on eight crimes: murder-manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Arrest data are collected on 28 categories of crime. NIBRS collects crime data on 22 crime categories and 32 arrest categories.

 

Statistical Analysis Center (SAC)

The Crime Commission’s Statistical Analysis Center’s (SAC) primary function is to provide accurate and timely research and statistical information to criminal and juvenile justice agencies to aid in planning and decision making. The United States Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics provides federal funding for partial operation of the SAC with the current grant focusing on juvenile justice issues, the Internet and incident-based reporting and analysis. The SAC also serves as a focal point for the exchange of statistical information between federal, state and local criminal and juvenile justice agencies. At the national level, the SAC works cooperatively with several entities such as the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Center for Juvenile Justice and Justice Research and Statistics Association as well as criminal and juvenile justice agencies from other states. At the state and local level, the SAC assists agencies in collecting and reporting required statistical information to the Crime Commission. The SAC also provides technical assistance to criminal and juvenile justice agencies in identifying statistical information needs and the appropriate technology to best meet those needs, including the use of commercial computer software and development of computer programs. The SAC and UCR Program annually provide statistical data for Kids Count In Nebraska. This annual source book, published by Voices For Children In Nebraska provides a variety of standard indicators on the status of children in Nebraska. In addition to ad hoc reports and periodic publications, special projects are undertaken by the SAC.

To provide information about the public's perception of criminal and juvenile justice issues such as violent crime, youth violence, drug abuse and victimization, statewide surveys have been conducted in conjunction with the University of Nebraska's Department of Sociology - Lincoln Bureau of Sociological Research. The results of the first statewide survey conducted in 1991 were published in Citizen Attitude Survey on Drugs and Drug Control in Nebraska. A second public opinion survey, encompassing 632 households statewide, was conducted in 1994 with the results published in Public Perspectives in Nebraska - A Survey of Community and Criminal Justice Issues. The second survey replicated many of the 1991 survey’s questions in an effort to gauge changes in public opinion about important social issues over time. The survey was expanded and repeated during 1997, focusing on issues and related legislation pending at the time in an effort to assist in planning and decision making. In 1998, updated survey results were provided to the Unicameral and Crime Commission. The SAC works cooperatively with various state and local agencies on joint data concerns make better use of information system technology and meet the changing needs of the criminal and juvenile justice communities. To this end, the SAC’s Director represents the Crime Commission on the Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Advisory Committee, providing primary staff support for the Committee and serving as the elected chairperson. Additionally, the SAC oversees the internal data processing operations of the Crime Commission and the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center, including training and computer programming. The SAC maintains several statewide databases in conjunction with the Crime Commission’s various divisions, including the Jail and Juvenile Detention Admission and Release Database, Juvenile Court Database and Drug and Violent Crime Database.

Training Center (NLETC)

The Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center, located in Grand Island, provides mandatory Basic Training, Supervision and Management courses, Reserve Officer/In-Lieu-Of Basic Training, continuing education, and specialized training for law enforcement and detention officers statewide. Specialized courses include a range of topics such as law enforcement, drug enforcement, domestic violence and sexual assault investigations, highway safety, emergency vehicle operations, fingerprinting, firearms, handling and use of police dogs, defense tactics, violent crime, and homicide investigations. Training programs are conducted at the Law Enforcement Training Center as well as on a regional basis throughout the state. Selected training programs are also provided through the Internet.

NLETC Resources