Access to Government Services
Every citizen has the right to access our government and its services. However, some groups may be excluded, underserved, or underrepresented. The Public Policy Center has worked to ensure our government and its services are available to every sector of society. The Public Policy Center has been examining racial and ethnic inequities from people who are both working in and/or affected by the justice system in Nebraska. Through these efforts legislation has been changed to regularly update jury pools and lists of residents eligible for jury service, as well as addressing opportunities for minorities in Nebraska’s judicial and legal professions. The Center has also examined access to services for Nebraska residents with developmental disabilities, refugees, and Medicaid recipients.
Government Services Projects
Government Services Publications
Tomkins, A. J., Bornstein, B. H., Herian, M. N., Rosenbaum, D. I., & Neeley, E. M.. (2012). An experiment in the law: Studying a technique to reduce failure to appear in court. Court Review, 48, 96-106.
PytlikZillig, L. M., Tomkins, A. J., Muhlberger, P., Herian, M. N., Abdel-Monem, T., Marincic, J., & Hamm, J. A. Effects of consensus instructions on processes and outcomes in deliberative discussions of performance measurement and reporting and budget issues. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Bornstein, B. H., Tomkins, A. J., Neeley, E. M., Herian, M. N., & Hamm, J. A. (2012). Reducing court’s failure-to-appear rate by written reminders. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0026293
Rosenbaum, D. I., Hutsell, N., Tomkins, A. J., Bornstein, B. H., Herian, M. N., & Neeley, E. M. (2012). Using court date reminder postcards to reduce courts’ failure to appear rates: A benefit-cost analysis. PJudicature, 95, 177-187.