Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $71,800)
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 Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas will use FY 2008 Correctional Grant Program funds to provide the tribe with resources to build capacity for tribal justice affairs to protect and serve the community. The tribe does not currently have its own correctional facility.
The executive level planning team will consist of seven (7) members representing tribal law enforcement, tribal courts, community law enforcement, tribal police commission, substance abuse and treatment personnel, and architecture and engineering professionals who have experience building a variety of tribal facilities. The tribe will use the comprehensive master plan that will be developed under this phase of the Correctional Facilities Grant as preparation for pursuing a Category II grant for construction funding in future years.
In addition to the creation of the executive planning team and adherence to the meeting and planning schedule outlined above, the tribe will also include the following implementation steps in the overall program design: (1) continuation of the collection, compilation, and analysis of incident data that was begun in May of 2007; (2) conducting a baseline assessment of all relevant crime statistics, both tribal and non-tribal, to determine the likely level of usage for the new facility; (3) review of all applicable codes and standards to ensure compliance with all necessary federal guidelines during the planning stages; (4) development of both staffing and operations plans for the new facility in accordance with applicable federal guidelines and standards; (5) team participation in Office of Justice Programs Interdepartmental Tribal Justice, Safety and Wellness sessions, and other (OJP)/Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)-sponsored training events that focus on planning correctional facilities on tribal lands; (6) team participation in Tribal Justice, Safety and Wellness sessions, and other workshops and plenary sessions at national, regional, and other training venues identified by OJP/BJA; and (7) Completion of a BIA Needs Assessment for the proposed facility.