Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $150,000)
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 purpose of this grant is to open two new juvenile correctional facilities on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The Tribe is prepared to bear the majority of the construction cost. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) funds will assist the tribe in developing a comprehensive plan to establish programs, services, and administrative practices so when the doors open, they are prepared to accept clients. The need for new facilities are divided into five areas: a) crime rates; b) juvenile transports to detention; c) obstacles for detention; d) planning to date; and e) planning activities in need of BJA support. The tribe will develop policies and procedures, Memorandum of Agreements, program plans, filing systems, digital files, databases, job descriptions, inspection schedules, etc. to insure a smooth transition of operations by the end of the grant period.