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Renovation of Yavapai-Apache Nation''s detention holding facilities

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $87,000)

The Renovation of Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands Discretionary Grant Program assists tribes in developing strategies to cost effectively construct or renovate existing facilities associated with the incarceration and rehabilitation of juvenile and adult offenders subject to tribal jurisdiction. Careful planning is critical to ensure that new and renovated correctional facilities are appropriately designed for the intended population, supportive of cultural and traditional values, safe and secure when completed, and are in compliance with Bureau of Indian Affairs' standards regarding correctional operations, programs, and design.

The Yavapai-Apache Nation ('Nation') will utilize their FY 2008 Renovation of Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands Discretionary Grant Program award to address public safety. Currently, the Nation does not have a permanent detention center. Adults and juveniles that are pending court hearings are detained and placed in a Yavapai County facility that is six miles from the Nation's Court. When court is in session, the Nation's two holding cells that could be used are over ten years old and do not meet minimum standards for holding adults and juveniles. As a result, they must remain handcuffed and shackled with no privacy. To address this situation, the Nation will utilize this grant to renovate the holding cells to meet the national standards for adults and juveniles. Specifically, funds will be used to purchase the following items: purchase and installation of security cameras to allow 24-hour surveillance of the holding cells; supplies, such as, laptop computers and printers to administer the project and data storage; and hire consultants/contracts to design and renovate the holding cells.

The Nation will also provide additional funding to cover personnel costs (salary and fringe benefits) of a lieutenant position to supervise the project and supplies such as workstations and office supplies. It is anticipated that renovating the holding cells will provide a safe, secure, and private location for those awaiting court.


Date Created: September 14, 2008