Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $149,969)
The Planning Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands Competitive Grant Program assists tribes in developing strategies to cost effectively plan facilities associated with the incarceration and rehabilitation of juvenile and adult offenders subject to tribal jurisdiction. Careful planning is critical to ensure that correctional facilities, when completed, are appropriately designed for the intended population, supportive of cultural and traditional values, safe and secure when completed, and in compliance with Bureau of Indian Affairs' standards regarding correction operations, programs and design.
The correctional facility building currently in use by the Chippewa Cree Business Committee lacks adequate space for housing prisoners and staff. The facility's sewage system is inadequate for current usage, and the facility does not have sufficient office or storage space. The Chippewa Cree Business Committee has passed a resolution to create a Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee that will plan and develop a Comprehensive Master Plan to address the issues concerning the current correctional facility. The Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, representing several interested tribal and non-tribal departments and organizations, will work closely with the Director of Public Safety to develop a Comprehensive Master Plan. The Comprehensive Master Plan will consist of four components: 1) physical facilities; 2) staffing/training; 3) operations; and 4) services.