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 Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana will use the 2008 Correctional Facility Planning funds in conjunction with the Kinder Police Department, Oberlin Police Department, and the Town of Elton, to establish a multi-agency collaboration effort to deter and combat crime in their combined jurisdictions. They hope to accomplish this goal through the development of a plan for the construction of a correctional facility to serve the joint needs of the jurisdictions. Funds will be used specifically for: 1) hiring a project director to oversee the project; 2) hiring a contractor to plan the project including a detailed work list of costs, equipment, and manpower needed for the project; and 3) hiring an architect to draw up the plans for the facility and to provide a working scale model of the facility for planning purposes.