The Tribal Justice Systems Program is the largest of BJA’s tribal-specific funding opportunities and is made available to tribes through the Department of Justice’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS). The Tribal Justice Systems Program is structured to be as broad and flexible as possible to support a wide variety of tribal justice programs.
The overall purpose of the Tribal Justice Systems Program is to provide key funding to tribal justice systems to develop, support, and enhance adult tribal justice systems and prevent violent crime and crime related to opioid, alcohol, and other substance abuse. It supports tribal justice systems’ priority needs to prevent crime and ensure tribal safety through the development, implementation, and enhancement of strategies, including, but not limited to:
- Enhancing the tools and resources used by tribal prosecutors, courts, and corrections agencies, including tribal probation and tribal jails, and effectively responding to crime to assure tribal safety.
- Implementing enhanced authorities and provisions under the Tribal Law and Order Act and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 and supporting the development of joint jurisdiction courts with state and local courts.
- Through coordinated support, ensuring the safety of returning tribal members from federal or state prison sentences.
- Developing, enhancing, and continuing programs to improve the safety and effectiveness of tribal law enforcement officers such as planning and developing their own law enforcement agency, providing law enforcement support as part of a larger strategy under CTAS Purpose Area #3 (Tribal Justice System Infrastructure Program), or addressing court security issues such as adding an officer at the courthouse to improve court security.
- Developing, implementing, and enhancing crime prevention, interventions, and alternatives to incarceration to address crime related to the opioid epidemic. This may include alcohol- and other substance abuse-related crime prevention and interventions, healing to wellness courts, treatment, and services that address the needs of drug-endangered children.