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Supporting Tribal Justice Systems

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $750,000)

The BJA Tribal Justice CTAS Training and Technical Assistance Solicitation supports BJA’s comprehensive approach to deliver training and technical assistance (TTA) to federally recognized Indian Tribes. The TTA will provide tribal jurisdictions with assistance to: (1) develop strategies to address crimes relating to substance abuse and other controlled substances; and (2) implement and enhance tribal justice systems including tribal law enforcement, courts, prosecution, and pretrial; (3) conduct comprehensive justice system-wide strategic planning and develop written justice system-wide strategic plans; (4) address violent crime in tribal communities; (5) address the tribal justice needs of Alaska Native Villages; and (6) develop and foster intergovernmental collaboration among tribal-federal-state-local governments in order to improve public safety and victims’ services. The main focus of the TTA will be with tribes who receive funding under CTAS Purpose Areas 2 (Strategic Planning), 3 (Tribal Justice Systems), and 10 (Violent Crime)

The National Tribal Judicial Center (NTJC) at the National Judicial College, the Tribal Judicial Institute (TJI) at the University of North Dakota, and the Tribal Justice Exchange at the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) will offer training and technical assistance (TTA) for tribes who receive funding under CTAS purpose area 3, focused on tribal courts, prosecution, pretrial, traditional dispute resolution and peacemaking, and implementation of enhanced authorities under TLOA jurisdiction. The products and services for CTAS grantees will be specifically designed to help them reach the goals and objectives of their grants. The partners will offer TTA that assists all tribes working to improve their justice system through webinars, publications, and telling the stories of tribal justice innovation through the Tribal Access to Justice Innovation website.

Date Created: September 27, 2019