Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $25,000,000)
The Recovery Act - Renovation of Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands Discretionary Grant Program assists tribes in developing strategies to cost effectively construct or renovate existing facilities associated with the incarceration and rehabilitation of juvenile and adult offenders subject to tribal jurisdiction. Careful planning is critical to ensure that new and renovated correctional facilities are appropriately designed for the intended population, supportive of cultural and traditional values, safe and secure when completed, and are in compliance with appropriate standards regarding correctional operations, programs, and design.
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will use the Recovery Act Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands Program (Category 1: Construction of Detention Facilities for Adult and Juvenile Offenders) award to construct an adult correctional facility with enhanced capacity and one that supports the cultural traditions of rehabilitation of the incarcerated. The tribe's current 66 bed adult facility is nearly 30 years old, deteriorating, lacks a custody and classification system, and is unsafe for both inmates and staff. Due to the limited bed space, law enforcement and the courts are forced to release individuals serving sentences for lesser crimes, those awaiting process, and is unable to house drug and alcohol-related offenders, individuals on open warrants, and other criminals who commit crimes for the lack of adequate housing. The absence of an inmate classification system creates the inability to adequately separate prisoners and poses a potential threat to the entire population. The new facility proposes to contain dedicated housing for inmates requiring separation for medical related issues (infectious diseases) and special management, and will enable the administration of rehabilitative programs. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has established an Executive Level Project Planning Team, who will serve as the focal point for the overall planning process. The newly constructed facility will provide rehabilitative programs and services such as education, counseling, alcohol prevention, cultural preservation programs, value based cultural teachings, suicide prevention, and faith based programming.