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 Navajo Nation Department of Corrections proposes to develop plans for a regional correctional facility to address the need for jail bed spaces for the Navajo Nation. The department proposes to use the 'Program Logic Model' (Model) in developing this plan. The basic elements of the Model includes assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation. The sustainability of the project and a cultural component will be included in the developing plans for this facility. The goal of this plan is the restoration and strengthening of the Navajo Nation criminal justice system. This includes plans to provide intervention and rehabilitation services; reduce recidivism and overcrowding; provide cultural education and spiritual healing through use of traditional services; and provide alternatives to incarceration through the use of the electronic home monitoring systems, community services and court ordered treatment for substance abuse.