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Tribal Access to Justice Innovation Project (TAJI Project)

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $500,000)

The goal of the Tribal Justice System Capacity Building TTA Program is to strengthen tribal governments' ability to plan, implement, and enhance tribal justice systems to be able to prevent, control, and investigate crime; to effectively administer justice; and to meet the needs of the community. The FY 2012 Tribal Justice System Capacity Building TTA Program will focus on funding national TTA efforts within five categories: enhancing tribal and state collaborations; comprehensive strategic planning; building tribal capacity to plan, develop, or enhance diversion and community corrections capacity; enhancing tribal justice information sharing efforts; and other tribal justice system capacity building TTA efforts. The programs funded will provide TTA to: assist tribes in using data to inform justice system strategic planning, implementation and enhancement; integrate the rich community values of tribal cultures in tribal justice systems and programs; foster tribal and state collaboration to address jurisdictional and legal issues with regard to law enforcement, courts, corrections and reentry within Indian Country, including tribal justice based relationships with service providers; build capacity for community-based alternatives to incarceration; enhance tribal justice information sharing; and meet other tribal justice system capacity building needs.

The Center for Court Innovation (Center) will enhance the ability of tribal justice practitioners to access information about innovative, culturally-informed tribal court practices that are being used by other tribes across the country. The Center proposes to accomplish this goal by launching a new initiative, the Tribal Access to Justice Innovation Project (TAJI), to disseminate practical, practitioner-friendly information about promising practices in tribal justice systems. This project will offer practitioners a number of valuable and practical resources that they can use in planning their own justice system enhancements. These resources will include a guidebook that provides practitioners with an general overview of a number of promising practices currently being used by tribes, a website dedicated to offering in-depth information about specific projects and initiatives being tested in Indian country, a series of podcasts (audio interviews) with the people who planned and operate these initiatives discussing them in their own voices, and a video highlighting a promising practice in action. CA/NCF

Date Created: August 27, 2012