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Tribal Justice System Capacity Building Training and Technical Assistance Program Funding Available

BJA is seeking applications through the Tribal Justice System Capacity Building Training and Technical Assistance Program. This program assists federally recognized Indian tribes in planning and implementing comprehensive strategies to reduce and control crime associated with alcohol and other drug abuse; and in developing, implementing, and enhancing American Indian and Alaska Native tribal justice systems. Applications are due June 2, 2016.

BJS JAG Report Released

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.

New! Revised JAG Performance Measures Released!

Learn about the new JAG Performance Measures, which apply to FY 2015 grantees and beyond. They are more user friendly, easier to complete, and encourage success through evidence-based practices that benefit the full spectrum of criminal justice agencies and organizations. 

OJP Releases FY 2015 Program Plan

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.

Native American Traditional Justice Practices

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.

Updated State and Territory Fact Sheets

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.

Interview Strategies with Native American Children (Webinar)
Dates: 5/5/2016 - 5/5/2016
Location: 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET,

Tribal Probation Academy - Session II
Dates: 5/9/2016 - 5/13/2016
Location: Appleton, WI

Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Regional Training
Dates: 5/10/2016 - 5/11/2016
Location: Camp Verde, AZ

FY 2016 Project Beacon: Increasing Services to American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking Pre-Application (Webinar)
Dates: 5/11/2016 - 5/11/2016
Location: 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET,

Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Strategies in Tribal Communities: A Focus on Child Safety (Webinar)
Dates: 5/19/2016 - 5/19/2016
Location: 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET,

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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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Desktop Guide for Tribal Probation Personnel: The Screening and Assessment Process , (NCJ 234463), BJA and the American Probation & Parole Association, May 2011. This guide is intended to provide tribal probation personnel with information on how the screening and assessment process can facilitate and promote offender accountability and long-term behavior change.

Bureau of Justice Assistance Tribal Training & Technical Assistance Provider Directory 2013-2014, BJA-Sponsored, December 2013. This directory of technical assistance (TA) providers for tribal justice programs also includes information about TA providers' areas of expertise, conferences, publications, and other resources.

BJA Strategies to Support Tribal Reentry, The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) offers strategies that can support tribes and states interested in implementing effective post-reentry assessment, supervision, and services for tribal members serving in federal, state and local settings, as well as pre-reentry services in tribal and state prisons and jails.

Considerations for Developing a Program of Reentry in Tribal Communities, BJA-Sponsored, 2013. This resource provides information about tribal participation in reentry initiatives, research and evaluations of tribal reentry efforts, and planning/development of reentry efforts.

Fact Sheet: Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation - Purpose Area #3, BJA-Sponsored, March 2015. This fact sheet discusses the Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program and the Tribal Courts Assistance Program.

Program Performance Report: Correctional Systems and Correctional Alternatives on Tribal Lands (CSCATL), April 2012-March 2013, BJA-Sponsored, September 2014. This report examines key findings of the CSCATL program, highlighting grantee progress toward achieving strategic plans, renovation, or construction projects.

Program Performance Report: Correctional Systems and Correctional Alternatives on Tribal Lands, October 2011-March 2012, BJA-Sponsored, 2012. This report highlights activities funded by the Correctional Systems and Correctional Alternatives on Tribal Lands program for the reporting period.

Program Performance Report: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Correctional Systems and Correctional Alternatives on Tribal Lands, April 2011-March 2012, BJA-Sponsored, 2012. This report highlights activities funded by the ARRA Correctional Systems and Correctional Alternatives on Tribal Lands program for the reporting period.

Watch Out, Help Out Your Community: Neighborhood Watch Resources for Native American Communities, (NCJ 230705), The Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Sheriff's Association, 2010. This publication provides an overview of the Neighborhood Watch initiative and lists the steps necessary to implement an effective Neighborhood Watch program within tribal communities.

Indian Alcohol & Substance Abuse Program Fact Sheet, (NCJ 217993), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2007. The Indian Alcohol & Substance Abuse Program supports American Indian and Alaska Native communities in planning and implementing systemwide strategies to reduce and control crime associated with the distribution and abuse of alcohol and controlled substances.

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