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The Karuk Tribal Court Renovation Project

Award Information

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Competitive Discretionary
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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $646,700)

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. Funding will also support the building of prefabricated or permanent modular facilities where there are no existing permanent structures available or sufficient to address the tribe's justice system infrastructure needs.

The grantee will use these funds to renovate a building to be used as a tribal courthouse that will provide a safe and secure facility to enhance the Karuk Tribe's justice system programs. The proposed single story renovation would provide a modern, secure, identifiable court that is formally responsive with a lobby screening room, Clerks Office, Administrator Office, Judge Chambers, Court Room, Conference Room, Legal Aid/Wellness Court Room, and restrooms. The renovated building would allow the Tribal Court to operate safely, more efficiently, and timely to continue to build relationships and leverage resources with other Tribal programs and state court, county, and other governments.

Date Created: September 19, 2018