Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $175,000)
This award is made under the FY 2008 Tribal Courts Assistance Program and it supports the development, implementation, enhancement, and continuing operation of tribal justice systems. Allowable elements under the program may include, but are not limited to: establishing a core structure for a tribal court; improving case management; training court personnel; acquiring additional equipment and/or software; enhancing prosecution and indigent defense; supporting probation diversion and alternative sentencing programs; accessing services; focusing on juvenile services and multi disciplinary protocols for child physical and sexual abuse; and structuring intertribal or tribal appellate systems.
The Hopi Tribe will use FY 08 TCAP funds to enhance the tribal court Management Information System (MIS) and use juvenile and adult monitoring systems as an alternative to detention. The Hopi Tribe will enhance the MIS by maintaining full court user licenses; providing justice system training for personnel; and maintaining a centralized and standardized filing system to ensure the quality of data. Due to overcrowding, serious public safety concerns, and budget difficulties, the Hopi Tribe uses off reservation contract housing for serious offenders.
The Hopi Tribe will implement a home/community monitoring system as an alternative to detention. Less serious offenders will be enrolled in the program, thereby reducing problems with overcrowding and public safety issues.