Free juvenile justice conferences and training for prosecutors

This includes ANY juvenile prosecutor in Nebraska. Grant will cover the costs of the training (including registration, travel, lodging, and meals). Funding is provided through a $196,453 from the Nebraska Crime Commission. Contact Jenni Ryan at for more information.

Also seeking speakers for the Nebraska County Attorney’s Association Conferences. If you have ideas about speakers with an emphasis in juvenile justice or if you would like to bring to Nebraska or are interested in attending a conference with an emphasis in juvenile justice training please contact Jenni Ryan at “This project was supported by subgrant no.18-JJ-0001 awarded by the Nebraska Crime Commission and points of views or opinions contained in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Commission or the Department of Justice.”


CJJ’s 2021 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference, “A Call for Justice: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities

Join us for CJJ’s 2021 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference, “A Call for Justice: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities.” Due to health and safety concerns, this event will now be hosted virtually on November 2nd – 3rd. CJJ’s 2021 National Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference will focus on ways that young people and their communities, as well as law enforcement, court officials, advocacy groups, and State Advisory Groups can work together to combat racial and ethnic disparities (R/ED).

  • To register for the conference or learn more about the event, click here.
  • To view a draft of the agenda click here.

We apologize for the inconvenience as we work to ensure the safety of all in these challenging times.

2021 CJJ Annual Conference and Council of SAGs’ Meeting – June 9-11, 2021

The conference, Creating Healing Systems: Serving Today’s Youth While Transforming the Future,” focused on the latest research, developments, and challenges facing our field today. Specifically:

  • How can we use the lessons learned from Covid-19 to create better, more youth-centered systems?
  • What can we do to support youth and those who work with them during these challenging times?
  • How can states and communities serve as leaders in shaping a better juvenile justice system?
  • How can we improve collaborations with young people with lived experiences in the systems we work with?
  • What can be done to leverage partnerships to help improve physical and mental health services, and better address youths’ needs for education and housing?
  • What role does advocacy play as communities seek to improve services and provide for trauma-informed care for children and youth?

All content was recorded and remains accessible for viewing, at participants’ leisure. To login and view recorded sessions, click here.

To view the agenda of this year’s conference, click here. All times listed are Eastern. Sessions were recorded and are available to view for up to a year after original broadcast. 

We honored 2021 awardees for the Spirit of Youth Award, A.L. Carlisle Child Advocay Award, and Tony Gobar Outstanding Juvenile Justice Specialist Award on June 10th. You can read more about each awardee in our 2021 Annual Awards Luncheon Booklet.


The NECAA annual conference will be held in Kearney, October 13-15, 2021. Registration and Lodging Information is Available.

Stopping Technology-Facilitated Abuse of Rural Kids (STARK), November 3-4, 2021, Virtual A two-day virtual conference providing Nebraska prosecutors, law enforcement, and their partners with information and tools to better address technology-facilitated crimes against children. Additional Details and Conference Agenda: Sponsored by the Nebraska County Attorneys Association and the Nebraska Alliance of Child Advocacy Centers. MCLE Nebraska: 15 hours of Crimes Against Children. 

Officer Involved Shootings & Human Factors, November 2-5, 2021, Lincoln, Nebraska

Join law enforcement officers from around the region for four days of training in the latest research and best practices in the management of officer involved shooting and in custody death investigations, from highly experienced use of force legal counsel and investigators.

This training highlights how OIS investigations must account for the human factors of critical incidents and the best practices departments are implementing to do so.

This training will include a 12 hour full immersion scenario based training component. During this time, participants will be presented with a live OIS experience. As part of an investigation group, the participants will gain the experience of planning an OIS investigation, reviewing evidence, including multiple dash cam and BWC videos, and conducting interviews of live witnesses. See link for more information.

Enhanced Force Investigations; Applying Science, Evidence-Based Methods & the Cognitive Interview

Hosted by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department and Nebraska State Patrol December 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2021

  • Critical Incident Review (CIR)
    • Instructors: Sergeant Jamie Borden (Ret) and Dr. Paul Taylor
  • Enhanced Force Investigations; Applying Science, Evidence-Based Methods & the Cognitive Interview Click here for course outline
    • 3-day (24 hours) certification course
  • Training location: Nebraska State Patrol – State Headquarters, 4600 Innovation Drive Lincoln, NE 68521
  • Class will be Tuesday, December 7 – Thursday, December 9, 2021 (0800-1630)
  • Class tuition – $1,195.00 per student (please see attached chart for tuition support).
  • Agency point of contacts:
  • Recommended Lodging area:  Downtown Haymarket Area (access to amenities)   
  • Network Gathering:  Tuesday December 7th, 1900 hours at Gate 25 Bar & Restaurant located at 300 Canopy St. Ste 140 Lincoln, NE 68508
  • Click here for enrollment
  • C.I.R. has specifically developed this comprehensive course, outlining concepts and theories in the investigations and analyses of controversial use-of-force incidents, to provide officers and departments with the tools to develop investigative strategies that effectively and objectively collect factual data. This course focuses on mastering the Cognitive Interview process, identifying behavioral and perceptual anomalies, understanding human performance limitations, dissecting the technological complexities of video evidence that can have a major impact on the accuracy of understanding an encounter, interview protocols, and appropriately integrating video evidence into all areas of the investigatory process, including the gathering of officer statements.

Click here for the full list of CIR Available Courses and contact us at to enquire about hosting a class.  VirTra, Judgmental Use of Force Training Simulator will be present for demonstrations.