Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $4,487,335)
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 Justice Solutions Group (JSG) will provide training and technical assistance that will provide tribal communities funded under this program with knowledge, skills, and a methodology to develop effectively functioning justice systems that promote public safety by utilizing a range of facilities, sanctions, and services consistent with offender risks and needs. JSG Team will provide hands-on services and technical assistance and will refine and customize the technical assistance resources, materials and curricula developed to meet the diverse needs of grantees, and will ensure that information generated and disseminated through the training and TA program is clear, well thought-out, culturally sensitive, responsive to the concerns of Native American Tribes, and consistent with appropriate policies and other nationally recognized standards and best practices.
JSG team members will develop a cohesive and comprehensive service delivery model for the TA Program. The targeted areas, which correspond to each stage of the planning and facility development process, are: (1) Justice System and Facility Needs Assessments; (2) Strategic Community Justice System and Facility Master Planning; services; (3) Courts and Offender Programs, Pretrial Services, and Reentry; (4) Project and Operational Budget Planning/ Transition and Activation; (5) Facility Design, Design Options, Construction and Standards Compliance; and (6) Distance Learning, Web-based Information Sharing, and Publications.