View an Overview of Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands Grants, which includes grant award amounts, project descriptions, and site photographs.
Read the FY 2011 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Community Profiles Report
BJA is committed to preventing and controlling crime, violence, and substance abuse and improving the functioning of criminal justice systems in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. BJA works with tribes providing leadership, good management, and quality services in grant administration and policy development, and coordinates with other U.S. Department of Justice components and other agencies and organizations to ensure that limited federal funds are used to achieve the maximum possible benefit.At BJA, we are committed to:
Evaluation Information and ToolsBJA’s Center for Program Evaluation and Performance Management maintains a user-friendly online evaluation and performance measurement tool designed to assist state and local criminal justice planners, practitioners, State Administrati ve Agencies, researchers, and evaluators in: 1) conducting evaluations and performance measurement that will address the effectiveness and efficiency of their projects and 2) using evaluation information to improve program planning and implementation. Visit the Center for Program Evaluation and Performance Management site to learn more.ResearchThe National Institute of Justice (NIJ) — the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice — is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective and i ndependent knowledge and tools to reduce crime and promote justice, particularly at the state and local levels. Access the NIJ site for further information and access to research materials. StatisticsOJP’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. These data are critical to federal, state, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded. See the BJS site for a ccess to data on a variety of topics.
TrainingBJA provides training and technical assistance on a variety of tribal justice issues to Indian Country.
The Tribal Judicial Institute at the University of North Dakota Law School is the lead training and technical assistance provider for the Tribal Courts Assistance Program and coordinates with a consortium of organizations that include but is not limited to Fox Valley Technical College, the National Tribal Judicial Center at the National Judicial College, National Tribal Justice Resource Center, Center for Court Innovation, and the Alaska Native Justice Center. Training and Technical Assistance is provided to TCAP grantees and non-grantees to plan, develop implement, and enhance tribal justice systems (traditional courts and western-style, restorative justice, wellness courts and drug courts, ICWA, judges and clerks training, family violence, gangs, code development, etc.).
The Criminal Justice Center for Innovation at Fox Valley Technical College is the lead training and technical assistance provider for the Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program. Fox Valley coordinates with the Tribal Judicial College at the University of North Dakota Law School, the National Tribal Judicial College, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, and the Alaska Native Justice Center. Training and technical assistance is provided to IASAP grantees and non-grantees to develop, implement, and enhance tribal justice strategies to address crime issues related to alcohol and substance abuse.
Justice Planners International provides training and technical assistance to tribes in developing strategies to cost effectively plan, renovate, and/or construct facilities associated with the incarceration of juvenile and adult offenders subject to tribal jurisdictions.
The Office of Justice Programs has released the FY 2015 Program Plan, in a new, easy-to-use format to help you find the appropriate funding sources for your initiatives. The criminal and juvenile justice fields have made significant progress over the last 3 years in instituting smart-on-crime practices and in applying science to crime-fighting. This year’s Plan preserves OJP’s overall programmatic priorities: supporting our state and local partners in fighting violent crime; promoting research and evidence-based approaches; expanding reentry; strengthening victim services; and supporting tribes.
The U.S. Department of Justice's Access to Justice Initiative and the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs' Office of Justice Services–Tribal Justice Support have published an Expert Working Group Report on Native American Traditional Justice Practices. This report summarizes discussions and provides recommendations of an April 2013 expert working group that focused on the use of traditional Native American justice interventions to respond to criminal and delinquent behavior.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released "Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, 2014," which describes steps used in the JAG formula calculation process to determine award amounts for states, local governments, and territories. The report presents summary results of the FY 2014 allocation amounts.
BJA is excited to release the recently updated BJA State and Territory Fact Sheets. The enhanced web site features updated state and territory statistics related to BJA investments, Byrne JAG Program highlights, crime trends, and other criminal justice information. In addition to the web site, each state has an easily accessible PDF version of the fact sheet and detailed funding information that can be used for distribution. BJA hopes these fact sheets will continue to be useful to criminal justice agencies, as they can easily obtain and reference criminal justice data across the nation for a variety of purposes.
The Indian Law and Order Commission has released its final report and recommendations—A Roadmap For Making Native America Safer—as required by the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. These recommendations are intended to make Native American and Alaska Native nations safer and more just for all U.S. citizens and to reduce the unacceptably high rates of violent crime that have plagued Indian country for decades. This report reflects one of the most comprehensive assessments ever undertaken of criminal justice systems servicing Native American and Alaska Native communities. Read the press release or view the report.
BJA and the National American Indian Court Judges Association have just released "An Overview of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Program and Resources."
National Native Media Conference
White House Tribal Youth Gathering
2015 United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) Conference
Direct Service Tribes National Meeting
Violence Against Indian Women National Baseline Study (NBS) (Webinar)
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Front-End Diversion Initiative
A preadjudication diversion program designed to divert juveniles with mental health needs away from the juvenile justice system through specialized supervision and case management.
Milwaukee (Wis.) Homicide Review Commission (MHRC)
A program that provides a unique forum for addressing violence in Milwaukee, Wis., by engaging law enforcement and other stakeholders in the community to assess and evaluate the cause of homicides in efforts to prevent future incidents.
InnerChange Freedom Initiative (Minnesota)
A voluntary, faith-based prisoner reentry program that attempts to prepare inmates for reintegration into the community, employment, family, and other significant relationships through educational, values-based programming.
Teenage Health Teaching Modules
A comprehensive school health curriculum for grades 6 to 12. By addressing various health issues, the curriculum aims to positively affect student health knowledge, attitudes, practices, and behaviors.
Social Decision Making/Problem Solving Program
A prevention program targeted at preventing violence, substance abuse, and related problem behaviors through developing an individual's social and decision-making skills.
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