Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $149,243)
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 Yurok Tribe will utlize the FY 2009 Correctional Facilities on Tribal Land Category I - Planning award to begin planning the construction of the Yurok Correctional Facility.
Specifically, the Yurok Tribe will conduct a feasibility study for an adult correctional facility and begin the actual planning for the construction of a correctional facility complex that is appropriate for the Tribe's population and the needs of the Tribal Community. It is essential that the facility be developed to complement the on-going efforts of the Tribe to support the restoration of cultural and traditional village/family values of the Yurok people. Restorative justice and rehabilitation are the corner stone of these values which seek to allow individuals to rehabilitate and take their rightful place in the Tribal Community. The Yurok Correctional Facility will serve members of the Yurok Tribe of California, the largest Indian tribe in the state.