Restorative Justice and Youth Offenders in Nebraska

45 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2019 Last revised: 1 Jun 2022

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Kristen Blankley

University of Nebraska Lincoln

Alisha Caldwell Jimenez

Psychology and Law Program; UNL College of Law

Date Written: June 1, 2019


The State of Nebraska has significantly expanded restorative justice services to youth offenders in recent years. A major part of the expansion was the rollout of a statewide system of restorative justice made possible through collaboration among the state's six non-profit community mediation centers and the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution. This Article outlines the program, the funding mechanisms, and preliminary results. The early statistical analyses show promise in the program, including reduced recidivism rates. Despite the positive results, this Article also gives critiques of the program and notes areas for further study.

Keywords: restorative justice, mediation, alternative dispute resolution

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Blankley, Kristen and Caldwell Jimenez, Alisha, Restorative Justice and Youth Offenders in Nebraska (June 1, 2019). Nebraska Law Review, 98:1 (2019), Available at SSRN:

Kristen Blankley (Contact Author)

University of Nebraska Lincoln ( email )

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Alisha Caldwell Jimenez

Psychology and Law Program ( email )

238 Burnett Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588
United States

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