Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $149,118)
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 Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Tribe will utilize Fiscal Year 2008 Tribal Courts Assistance Program (TCAP) funds to increase personnel costs, purchase an automated case management system, and purchase wireless internet services. The first goal of the project is to replace the case management system that is outdated and inadequate. The implementation of the new case management system will contribute to decreasing record retrieval delays. The new case management system will be beneficial in improving technology and communication. The second goal of the project is to provide additional BJA approved trainings for tribal court personnel. The third goal is to increase salary compensation for tribal courts personnel. TCAP funding will allow the tribal court to increase compensation for tribal court personnel thereby increasing the capacity of the tribe to provide legal services. The fourth goal is to update codes and implement cultural sensitivity training. All tribal court codes will be updated and adopted by the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Tribe Tribal Council.