Other Organizations

A running list of other groups and organizations working to advance knowledge in the areas of violence reduction and policing.

(Who are we missing? Let us know!)

Here in SCCJ

  • Crime and Justice Public Opinion Lab
    • The Crime and Justice Public Opinion Lab (CJPOL) in the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice tracks public beliefs, attitudes, and opinions on a broad range of crime, law, and justice related issues. These include beliefs about the nature of crime and victimization, attitudes toward people who commit crime, attitudes about victims of crime, and opinions on laws, policies, and practices across the criminal legal system. The CJPOL is a student-centered endeavor, focused on creating research and education opportunities for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students who are interested in learning more about public opinion, the factors that influence public opinion, and the methodologies used in public opinion research.
  • Juvenile Justice Institute
    • The Juvenile Justice Institute (JJI) provides technical assistance and completes policy and program evaluations for state and local agencies, as well as private organizations.
  • National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE)
    • A group of 50+ academics from 18 universities focused on 10 pressing areas of study related to counterterrorism. Their goal is to innovate, educate, and create new prevention strategies while building a workforce pipeline where it’s desperately needed: in STEM and Homeland Security fields.
  • Nebraska Center for Justice Research
    • A multidisciplinary research center that aims 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.
  • Nebraska Collaborative for Violence Intervention & Prevention
    • The Nebraska Collaborative for Violence Intervention and Prevention (NeCVIP) uses a scientific approach that builds from a medical, public health and criminological perspective to address the underlying factors that contribute to gun violence, strengthen existing community assets and culture, and systematically applying data and science to ensure effective outcomes.
  • TRAC Program
    • Since 2017, the UNO Transforming, Renewing, Achieving and Connecting (TRAC) Program has been providing post-secondary, for-credit, general education classes and an array of electives to incarcerated individuals at the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC). Read more about it here.
  • Victimology and Victim Studies Research Lab
    • The VVSR Lab aims to conduct high-quality research related to crime victims and crime victimization, inform policy and practice, and help shape prevention and intervention efforts.

Community Groups in Omaha

  • YouTurn
    • A violence prevention organization committed to using evidence-based strategies of suppression, intervention, prevention, mediation, and education to deter violence among adolescents and young adults aged 12 to 25+ years.

Elsewhere in the US and Abroad

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
    • An international association established in 1963 to foster professional and scholarly activities in the field of criminal justice.
  • American Society of Criminology
    • An international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency. Be sure to check out all the different divisions, including the Division of Policing.
  • American Society of Evidence-Based Policing
    • A group of working police officers advocating for evidence-based change within the profession.
  • ASU Center for Problem-Oriented Policing
    • The mission of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing is to advance the concept and practice of problem-oriented policing in open and democratic societies. It does so by making readily accessible information about ways in which police can effectively and equitably address specific crime and disorder problems.
  • Campaign Zero
    • Campaign Zero encourages policymakers to focus on solutions with the strongest evidence of effectiveness at reducing police violence.
  • Campbell Collaboration
    • An international social science research network that produces high quality, open and policy-relevant evidence syntheses, plain language summaries and policy briefs.
  • Center for Policing Equity
    • CPE produces analyses identifying and reducing the causes of racial disparities in public safety and advocates for large-scale and meaningful change.
  • Council on Criminal Justice
    • The Council on Criminal Justice works to advance understanding of the criminal justice policy choices facing the nation and build consensus for solutions that enhance safety and justice for all.
  • Crimrxiv
    • The global open access hub for criminology.
  • Crime Solutions
    • The National Institute of Justice’s CrimeSolutions is comprised of two components — a web-based clearinghouse of programs and practices and a process for identifying and rating those programs and practices.
  • CURE Violence
    • Cure Violence Global is guided by the understanding that violence is a health issue, that individuals and communities can transform themselves, and that community partners and strategic partnerships are keys to success. Through a rigorous, scientific, and data-driven approach, Cure Violence Global helps communities to implement to implement violence prevention programs that are effective in significantly reducing violence.
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
    • IACP is the world’s largest and most influential professional association for police leaders. With more than 31,000 members in over 165 countries, the IACP is a recognized leader in global policing, committed to advancing safer communities through thoughtful, progressive police leadership.
  • Justice Navigator
    • The Justice Navigator helps law enforcement agencies and communities make data-driven changes that advance more equitable policing.
  • National Policing Institute
    • The National Policing Institute (formerly the National Police Foundation) was established in 1970 as a non-partisan, non-profit, research and policy organization dedicated to advancing policing through innovation and scientific research.
  • Major Cities Chiefs Association
    • The mission of MCCA is to provide a forum for police executives from large population centers to address the challenges and issues of policing, to influence national and international policy that affects police services, to enhance the development of current and future police leaders, and to encourage and sponsor research that advances this mission.
  • Niskanen Center
    • The Niskanen Center works to advance an open society by active engagement in the war of ideas, direct engagement in the policymaking process, and through the courts with amicus briefs and pro bono representation.
  • Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative
    • The Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative (N3) promotes new ways for faculty, experts, and students at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research to engage communities, civic partners, and policymakers to address core problems facing the residents of Chicago and surrounding communities.
  • Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
    • The COPS Office is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources.
  • Police Executive Research Forum
    • PERF is a police research and policy organization and a provider of management services, technical assistance, and executive-level education to support law enforcement agencies. PERF helps to improve the delivery of police services through the exercise of strong national leadership; public debate of police and criminal justice issues; and research and policy development.
  • Police Scorecard
    • The Police Scorecard is the first nationwide public evaluation of policing in the United States. It calculates levels of police violence, accountability, racial bias and other policing outcomes for over 16,000 municipal and county law enforcement agencies, covering nearly 100% of the US population.
  • ProPublica - Criminal Justice
    • ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism on a range of topics including criminal justice.
  • RAND Corporation
    • The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous.
  • Research on Policing Reform and Accountability
    • A multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional team of social scientists studying the feasibility and efficacy of policing reform, with a focus on statistically rigorous research and practical application.
  • RTI Center for Policing Research and Investigative Science
    • The RTI Center for Policing Research and Investigative Science partners with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders, such as crime laboratories and medical examiner and coroner offices to do work that has direct implications for the field and to help build the foundation of evidence-based policing.
  • The Marshall Project - Policing
    • The Marshall Project is a news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system through journalism.
  • Urban Institute - Justice Policy Center
    • Urban Institute’s mission is to promote effectiveness in justice systems and operations through objective, rigorous, interdisciplinary research, evaluation, and policy analysis.
  • Vera Instiute of Justice - Redefining Public Safety
    • The goal of Vera’s Redefining Public Safety program is to shrink the footprint of American policing and advance racial equity.
Justin Nix
Justin Nix
Distinguished Associate Professor

My research centers on policing with emphases on procedural justice, legitimacy, and police shootings.