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Pueblo of Acoma Detention Center Expansion and Growth Plan

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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 Pueblo of Acoma ('Pueblo') will utilize their FY 2008 Correctional Discretionary Grant Program award to address public safety. The overall goal of the assessment is to obtain input and information needed to expand the existing facility through an 18-month data assessment and planning process. Four main planning goals are proposed: 1) a user plan to define the purposes and uses of an expanded ADC facility during the course of an 18-month planning period; 2) a program plan to identify the program, treatment and services needs of the offenders while in the facility and upon discharge; 3) a financial plan to identify the costs associated with construction, programming and operations, and management of an expanded facility; and 4) an architectural plan to explore the most appropriate design that would complement the user plan.

The goals will be achieved through the implementation of the following preliminary objectives: collecting qualitative and quantitative data from stakeholders and citizens to gain a thorough understanding and perspective of their views about offender treatment; determining how the facility renovation and expansion areas will fit into the overall Acoma Public Safety Department; analyzing offender data to describe the prevalence and types of crimes offenders are detained for short and long-term sentences; obtaining input and information from the Indian Health Service (IHS), BIA, and State agencies that provide services to Pueblo members for mental health, social services, education, substance abuse and other related services; and convening an executive level planning team to assist with planning, design, and development of the facility growth and renovation plan. In addition, funds will be used to identify offender needs by convening focus group sessions to determine the range of programs and services that will be required; identify the training and technical assistance needs of staff; develop a long-term resource development plan;
The plan will incorporate an updated assessment of the existing ADC infrastructure and ISRA findings. It will also address operational systems specifications, user needs, administrative, and staffing needs.


Date Created: September 14, 2008