Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $184,584)
The Fox Valley Technical College Criminal Justice Center for Innovation (FVTC-CJCI) will implement the Tribal Justice Capacity Building Training and Technical Assistance Program (TTA). The goals are to: (1) provide a comprehensive array of training and technical assistance to assist tribal communities' ability to implement and enhance programs to reduce alcohol, substance abuse, and related crimes, and (2) strengthen the tribal communities' ability to implement and enhance tribal justice systems to increase their knowledge of emerging technology, best practices, and new models of service. FVTC will align national training opportunities with at least two of the national Interdepartmental Tribal Justice, Safety, and Wellness sessions hosted by OJP. FVTC will focus on funding national training and technical assistance efforts within three categories: enhancing tribal and state collaborations; enhancing tribal justice services and systems; and enhancing the development of new and promising practices in Indian Country.
FVTC will enhance tribal justice systems through training probation officers and educating other tribal justice system personnel on the critical role of the probation officer. Tribal probation officers can be a valuable resource to the court system as well as to law enforcement; they can greatly enhance the communication and operation of the justice system. The probation officer's role within the community can impact the overall quality of life for community members as well as those who are under the court's supervision and those who are returning to the community post-incarceration.