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 White Earth Reservation Tribal Council will use funds to renovate an existing Tribally-owned structure capable of serving 16 men at any time for alternative housing for Tribal offender population. The structure has 8 bedroom spaces, 2 group living spaces, laundry, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, med room, and office spaces. The project will allow options for addressing adult males through diversion court to avoid corrections based placements by offering a supervised alternative. Other services that will be provided at the site include substance abuse outpatient, one-on-one substance abuse counseling, aftercare, drug urinalysis testing, and opioid-specific addiction treatment.