Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $600,000)
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) FY20 National Community Courts Site-based and Training and Technical Assistance Initiative supports efforts by state, local, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments to establish and enhance community courts in their jurisdictions. Community courts enhance public safety by addressing underlying issues that lead to criminal behavior, including substance abuse and behavioral health issues. By engaging communities in planning and operational processes, they provide justice system officials with more effective options in dealing with lower-level offenses, enhance public trust in the conduct of justice, and help to reduce unnecessary incarceration.
The National Community Court Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) program is designed to help judges, court personnel, and other partners to plan, implement, sustain, enhance, and evaluate problem-solving justice initiatives that link judicially-supervised offenders to drug treatment, alternative sanctions, and other services in order to reduce drug use, crime, and incarceration. The cooperative agreement recipient will provide TTA to FY20 BJA Community Court site-based grant recipients, to include hosting webinars and in person trainings, developing individual TTA plans, reviewing progress toward goals and objectives, and providing guidance on data collection and performance measurement. In addition, the recipient will develop publications, maintain online resources, participate in conferences and events, host a peer-to-peer site visit, and other TTA activities related to community courts at the direction of BJA. CA/NCF