Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $149,933)
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 Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation intends to use grant funds to determine the feasibility of developing a correctional facility to separately house adult and juvenile tribal offenders. The proposed facility would replace the jail that was closed in 2006 by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The facility would be designed as a multi-service justice center that reflects the Tribe's desire to focus on a comprehensive approach to justice. Such a facility would house adult and juvenile corrections/detention, law enforcement, tribal security, central dispatch, tribal adult and juvenile courts, juvenile and adult inmate services, prosecutor, and probation officers. Other offices and services will also be considered during the planning phase.