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Northern Cheyenne Court Community Justice Project.

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $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 Northern Cheyenne Tribe will use the FY 2009 Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands Planning grant to fund the development of a Comprehensive Master Plan that will systematically examine the full range of adult detention, criminal justice service, support options, and community-based alternatives.

The proposed Comprehensive Master Plan will build on a process that the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Courts first undertook in 2007, which has laid the groundwork for this next formal step, leading to the eventual replacement of the existing adult correctional facilities which date back to the 1960s. The needs of the Northern Cheyenne community at Lame Deer are reflected in its needs for an improved Adult Justice (detention) Center. The applicant's goal is the construction of a new Justice Center, which houses the court, prosecution, probation, and other collateral programs. Grant funds will be used to conduct a needs assessment and planning phase, and ultimately, the Comprehensive Master Plan. The plan will include a review of the available options for pre-trial diversion, community corrections, alternatives to incarceration, probation and parole, and health and behavioral health treatment.


Date Created: September 28, 2009