PEOPLE & PARTNERS

Anne Hobbs
RJRC Research Fellow, 2022-2024

Anne is a Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Public Affairs and Community Service, Lincoln, NE. She is a licensed attorney, published research faculty, as well as the Director of the Juvenile Justice Institute at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Anne began utilizing restorative practices 25 years ago, as the director of Juvenile Diversion for Lancaster County, Nebraska. After witnessing the impact that restorative practices had on the lives of youth and the community, she began promoting and seeking restorative justice opportunities. Anne is currently the principal investigator on five different projects, one of which is Evidence-based Nebraska, an evaluation that examines effective interventions for more than 200 youth serving programs. She is also working as part of a Nebraska team to examine outcomes for youth, when restorative practices are the primary intervention. Her other research interests include inequality in the juvenile justice system, reentry after juvenile detention, and mentoring youth who have been involved in juvenile justice system. Anne was a 2022 Fulbright Scholar to Singapore and continues to study the influence of faith, restorative approaches and community-acceptance on the reentry process. People often state that the juvenile and criminal justice systems are broken. As an attorney, licensed foster and adoptive parent, Anne has seen our systems break down. However, Anne is a firm believer that the obstacles faced in our juvenile systems can be overcome with a restorative approach, so her personal goal is to bring a restorative lens to every project she works on and every environment she finds herself in. Anne hopes that the RJRC Fellowship will allow research from across multiple institutions and various parts of the country, to really influence and impact the reform needed in our nation.