Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $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). 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 tribes justice system infrastructure needs.
The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska will use the funds to replace the current 110 year old Halfway House and Counseling Center with a modular/pre-fabricated residential facility and a counseling center in the foundational space. Residential services will accommodate up to five men and five women at any given time. Peer support and group meetings will be available in the residential setting of the facility. The lower foundational area will provide office space for up to seven counseling staff, and meeting space for individual, small, and large group counseling sessions. Supervised physical activities will be made available to both residents of the halfway house and counseling clients on the lower foundational area.