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Johnny Rice II

Chair and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Coppin State University
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About Johnny

Rice worked as a senior program associate in the Center on Victimization and Safety at the Vera Institute of Justice before joining Coppin. Rice has spent the past 22 years providing leadership, technical assistance/consulting services, and support to organizations that serve low-income fathers and families in the areas of child welfare, youth development, and criminal justice in efforts to create safe and stable communities. He is Board President for The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV).

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"Ignored Perspectives, Hidden Answers: Insights on Gun Violence From Young Black Men," Johnny Rice II (with Howard Henderson and Dorothy Dillard), Guest Commentary, The Baltimore Sun, June 6, 2023.
Johnny Rice II quoted by Sophie Hills, "Urban Dirt Biking: Riding the Line Between Culture and Crime" Christian Science Monitor, April 7, 2023.
Guest to discuss young people and gun violence on CBS Sunday Morning With Senior Contributor Ted Koppel, Johnny Rice II, February 26, 2023.
Johnny Rice II quoted on Philadelphia’s unchecked gun violence by Mensah M. Dean, "For Some Black Men and Teens in Philly, Relying on Guns Has Become Commonplace" The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 20, 2021.
Johnny Rice II quoted on study on the perspectives of factors that influence gun possession and use among African American men in affected Baltimore communities by Vanessa Roberson, "Coppin State University Receives Grant To Study Gun Violence Involving Black Males" HBCU Buzz, January 26, 2021.
Johnny Rice II quoted on over-policing of Black communities and Black men when police are eager to use the BolaWrap on these individuals when other de-escalation tactics could have been effective by Ray Levy Uyeda, "The BolaWrap Is the Latest “Non-Lethal” Weapon Favored by Police" Mic, July 16, 2020.
"Remembering Fathers Who Have Been Victimized By Violence," Johnny Rice II, Huffpost, December 6, 2017.
"Checking Our Own Pulse: Why We Must Not Ignore Stress and Trauma Inherent in Victim-Centered Work," Johnny Rice II, Think Justice Blog, Vera Institute of Justice, October 9, 2015.
"Reflecting on Policing, Freddie Gray, and the Baltimore Uprisings: Finding Common Ground To Promote Healing," Johnny Rice II, Think Justice Blog, Vera Institute of Justice, May 14, 2015.
"Why Engaging Abusive Men With Histories of Violence Promotes the Safety of Women and Children," Johnny Rice II, Think Justice Blog, Vera Institute of Justice, October 27, 2011.


"Premature Deaths of Young Black Males in the United States" (with Sharon Jones-Eversley, A Christian Adedoyin, and Lori James-Townes). Journal of Black Studies (2020).

Discusses the trauma and ceased procreation prospects stemming from Black males' premature deaths representing a public health crisis in America. Mentions how heightened public health approaches are needed to bring attention to a young racial-gender group that is dying five to six decades prior to their life expectancy.

"The Intersectionality of Intimate Partner Violence in the Black Community" (with Carolyn M. West, Karma Cottman, and Gretta Gardner), in Handbook of Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (Springer, 2020), 1-29.