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Lummi Nation Restorative Justice Center Program

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $149,607)

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 Lummi Nation will use the FY 2009 Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands Planning award to continue in the planning of a sixty (60) bed secure corrections facility on the Lummi Reservation. The facility would provide culturally relative sentencing in conjunction with services including Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Lummi Social Services, the Northwest Indian College, the Lummi Legal System and Tribal Court, and re-entry programming.

Through the proposed project, the Lummi Nation will move from the exploratory efforts into the final stages of collaborative and specific site and design planning to provide a corrections facility that is secure, is more cost effective for housing than the current method, and allows for the elements of tribal justice and traditional reparations to the community in addition to confinement. The re-entry program will support rehabilitation and re-entry assistance and services to inmates pre and post-release, parolees returning from other corrections facilities, and to tribal members returning to the community upon exiting drug and alcohol treatment centers. Grant funds will be used for the development of a Comprehensive Master Plan that identifies a location, site, design, infrastructure, co-located facilities, and funding options for the correctional facility.


Date Created: September 22, 2009