State Criminal Justice Profile


BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $4 million* in state and local funds to Nebraska.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $1,256,862
Justice Assistance Grant Program—3 Local Awards $615,061
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $2,345,546

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $1,256,862

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Grand Island 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Grand Island Police Department and Hall County Sheriff’s Office JAG $26,312
City of Lincoln 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial JAG for Lincoln $179,844
City of Omaha 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Omaha/Douglas County Projects $408,905

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Omaha 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 District of Nebraska FY 2014 Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative $150,000
Douglas County 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Matrix Intensive Outpatient Program for Co-Occurring Disorders $568,753
Lancaster County 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Lancaster County Adult Drug Court Program Enhancements $210,183
Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program $31,205
Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $58,490
Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Compliance Project $32,475
Omaha Tribe of Nebraska 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Omaha Tribe Wellness Court Peacemakers $294,695
Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Renovation of Mary Hall $999,745

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 152

Sworn Officers: 3,497

City     County     Tribal     State*     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 94% of the 152 law enforcement agencies in Nebraska have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 52% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.
Note: Detail may sum to more than 100% due to rounding.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, no officers were feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 1 officer was accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 162 officers were assaulted (0.32% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Nebraska:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 4,814 4,897 1.7
Murder and Manslaughter 53 57 7.5
Forcible Rape* 711 1,417 N/A
Robbery 1,130 1,040 -8.0
Aggravated Assault 2,920 2,999 2.7
Property Crime 51,118 49,018 -4.1
Burglary 8,735 8,900 1.9
Larceny-Theft 38,236 35,655 -6.8
Motor Vehicle Theft 4,147 4,463 7.6
*Agencies within this state submitted rape data according to both the revised UCR definition of rape and the legacy UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (69,957) decreased 9.92% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests decreased 8.08% (1,912), and property-related arrests decreased 8.37% (9,981).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    District Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    County Court; Separate Juvenile Court


Prisoner Admissions: 2,922
Prisoner Releases: 2,583
Total Prisoners: 5,026

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 10
Recidivism Rate*: 22.3%
Top Offenses: Possession of controlled substances (except marijuana), theft, manufacture/distribution/delivery/dispense or possession with intent to distribute (FY 2013)

Source: Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
*All recidivists were committed for new crimes or for technical violations within 3 years of their release date.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC), a RISS Center, serves Nebraska. There are 119 Nebraska criminal justice agencies that are members of MOCIC.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

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In Nebraska, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Pilot program for the Sarpy County Mental Health Intensive Case Management Program. This program uses a therapeutic approach to providing services for individuals with mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system. It employs an evidence-based problem-solving model that reduces individuals’ future contact with the system.

  • Jail TV project in Douglas County. This project places televisions in all housing units to be used for controlled Web-based interface and the delivery of evidence-based, targeted, cognitive behavioral, and educational programming.

  • Banister’s Leadership Academy, a local nonprofit located in Omaha. For 3 years, Byrne JAG funds have been awarded to Banister’s Friday Night Lights Teen Leadership Academy, which works to empower youth and develop their leadership skills through a culturally specific historical enrichment model that has been recognized as an evidence-based program through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice Darrell Fisher, Executive Director

Nebraska At-A-Glance

Total Population: 1,868,516
Population Under 18: 464,348
Population Over 65: 264,008

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Nebraska State Patrol Colonel Bradley Rice, Superintendent

Local Governments: 2,581
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 4
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: Deborah R. Gilg—District of Nebraska, Omaha Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Nebraska Emergency Management Agency Major General Daryl Bohac, Adjutant General, Director

Drug Courts: 24
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center