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Planning Treatment Based Detention Facility

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $141,000)

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.

Representatives of the Wind River Reservation Juvenile Justice System, including a member of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Business councils, have had meetings the last two years trying to deal with the current problem of inadequate housing. A committee has been formed to focus and deal with the current state of the juvenile justice system and problems and concerns on a myriad of issues. The primary issue is having a detention facility capable of holding juvenile offenders.

The tasks to be accomplished for the planning team include, but are not limited to, working with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to assist in a facility needs assessment and later seek occupation and operation acceptance. Additionally, data collection, preparation of presentations to individual tribal business councils to request for match or services, joint-business council participation to solicit resolutions for land and/or building commitment, seek county and state funding sources and public meetings to garner community input and support. Lastly, analyze the assessments, data, and meeting input for determination of facility need and configuration, and identify available funding sources.


Date Created: August 5, 2008