Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $1,000,000)
The Department of Justice developed a comprehensive and coordinated approach for tribal governments to apply for funding to reduce and prevent crime and victimization. Through this process, the Department's existing tribal government-specific programs are included in, and available through a single Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS). Through this solicitation, only one application was accepted from each federally recognized tribe to encourage comprehensive assessments of need and planning. Each tribe could apply for funding under nine purpose areas, which included funding from the Office of Community Oriented Policing, Office of Justice Programs (including the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office for Victims of Crime, and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention), and Office on Violence Against Women. The tribe had the flexibility to select the purpose areas whose funding addressed the needs of the tribe as outlined in its tribal and community profile. There were nine purpose areas in total, and purpose area 4 was dedicated to the Tribal Justice Systems Infrastructure Program (TJSIP).
Funding through the Tribal Justice System Infrastructure Program will support efforts to renovate or expand buildings to enhance conditions or to change the use of a building to any of the following purposes: single jurisdiction or regional tribal correctional facilities, correctional alternative facilities, multipurpose justice centers (including police departments, courts, and corrections), and transitional living facilities (halfway houses) to address justice-involved populations within tribal jurisdictions.
The Pueblo of Pojoaque will use these funds to renovate and expand its Judicial Complex by adding a second story onto the building; renovating the Pojoaque Police Department (PPD) to improve security, adding a fence to enclose PPD and impound, increasing storage, and improving working conditions by expanding the squad room and adding a breakroom; creating a day reporting/community wellbriety/resource space; and renovating Social Services to improve confidentiality, segregate the domestic violence advocate from the child protective services worker, and provide space for safe-exchanges and supervised visitation. These renovations will provide smooth, secure, and discrete access to co-localized services for victims filing police reports, seeking orders of protection, needing safe supervised visitation; people struggling with substance abuse; people on probation or pre-trial release; and others seeking support or resources from the agencies housed in the Judicial Complex.