Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $31,655,277)
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 Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety will use the Recovery Act Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands (Category I: Construction of Detention Facilities for Adult and Juvenile Offenders) award to construct a facility to be built in Kayenta, Arizona, which is the northwestern region of the Navajo reservation. The Master Plan, completed in March 2007, entails a strategy for: increasing jail beds; providing community-based correctional alternatives; pre-trial and probation services; substance abuse and mental health screening and assessments; treatment and rehabilitation services; a medical room for physical health; traditional family reunification services; educational services; and aftercare services to reduce recidivism. The Department of Corrections will work with an existing executive team to design and construct the proposed multi purpose center using the Program Logic Model and Planning of New Institutions (PONI) process. Through this project, the tribe expects to address the rate of unpunished criminals due to the lack of correctional options, decrease the recidivism rate through rehabilitation services, and create and preserve jobs through the construction of the facility.