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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).

In the News

Opinion: "Ignored Perspectives, Hidden Answers: Insights on Gun Violence From Young Black Men," Johnny Rice II (with Howard Henderson and Dorothy Dillard), The Baltimore Sun, June 6, 2023.
Quoted by Sophie Hills in "Urban Dirt Biking: Riding the Line Between Culture and Crime," Christian Science Monitor, April 7, 2023.
Quoted by Mensah M. Dean in "For Some Black Men and Teens in Philly, Relying on Guns Has Become Commonplace," The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 20, 2021.
Quoted by Vanessa Roberson in "Coppin State University Receives Grant To Study Gun Violence Involving Black Males," HBCU Buzz, January 26, 2021.
Quoted by Ray Levy Uyeda in "The BolaWrap Is the Latest “Non-Lethal” Weapon Favored by Police," Mic, July 16, 2020.
Opinion: "Remembering Fathers Who Have Been Victimized By Violence," Johnny Rice II, Huffpost, December 6, 2017.
Opinion: "Checking Our Own Pulse: Why We Must Not Ignore Stress and Trauma Inherent in Victim-Centered Work," Johnny Rice II, Vera Institute of Justice, October 9, 2015.
Opinion: "Why Engaging Abusive Men With Histories of Violence Promotes the Safety of Women and Children," Johnny Rice II, Vera Institute of Justice, October 27, 2011.


"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.
"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.