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JAG State Solicitation Released

BJA has released the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program FY 2014 State Solicitation. Applications are due June 3, 2014.

Visiting Fellows Solicitation Released

BJA has released the FY 2014 Visiting Fellows Program solicitation. Applications are due June 4, 2014.

ILOC Report: A Roadmap For Making Native America Safer

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.

Read an Overview of the TCCLA Program

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."

OJP Releases API of Grant Award Data

In keeping with President Obama’s Digital Government Strategy, the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) recently published an application programming interface (API) that provides access to 20 years of OJP Grant Awards Data (1993–2013) in open, machine-readable formats, including current-year grant awards data that is updated daily.

Tribal TTA Is Available

BJA is pleased to announce that training and technical assistance (TTA)—through the American Probation and Parole Association in partnership with the Tribal Judicial Institute and the National Tribal Judicial Center—is available for tribal indigent defense and the Tribal Law and Order Act’s Enhanced Sentencing Authority & Assumption of Federal Criminal Jurisdiction.

Tribal Self-Governance Conference
Dates: 5/4/2014 - 5/8/2014
Location: Arlington, VA

The Fundamentals of Representation of Victims of Domestic & Sexual Violence from Tribal Communities
Dates: 5/15/2014 - 5/16/2014
Location: Minneapolis, MN

National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference & Tradeshow
Dates: 6/8/2014 - 6/11/2014
Location: Anchorage, AK

40th National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) Conference
Dates: 8/17/2014 - 8/20/2014
Location: Chicago, IL

22nd Annual National Native American Law Enforcement Association (NNALEA) National Collaborative Training Event
Dates: 8/26/2014 - 8/28/2014
Location: Las Vegas, NV

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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.

Woodrock Youth Development Program
The program was a combination of intervention strategies and support systems to prevent substance abuse among youth.

Taking Charge
A solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral brief group intervention designed to help pregnant and parenting female students stay in school.

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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.

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.

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.

Preventing and Addressing Sexual Abuse in Tribal Detention Facilities: The Impact of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), BJA-Sponsored, January 2014. This training curriculum is designed to improve the capacity of tribal detention officers to adequately prevent and respond to incidents of sexual abuse within detention facilities in Indian Country.

Improving the Administration of Justice in Tribal Communities Through Information Sharing and Resource Sharing, (NCJ 233225), Bureau of Justice Assistance, December 2010. This bulletin will discuss challenges identified by three jurisdictional teams of justice personnel (tribal, state and federal) in establishing mechanisms for information and resource sharing. This bulletin will also attempt to identify successful collaborative strategies and determine additional ways in which more effective working partnerships can be encouraged and developed as a means to offer needed services to tribal offenders and to help local, state and federal pretrial, probation and parole officers perform their duties more effectively and efficiently.

Preventing and Addressing Sexual Abuse in Tribal Detention Facilities: A Policy Development Guide, NCJ 238224, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the American Probation and Parole Association,Carrie Abner, October 2011. This document seeks to provide guidance to administrators of tribal detention facilities on the key policy issues for the prevention, reduction, detection, and punishment of sexual abuse perpetrated on those under correctional supervision in Indian Country, including in jails, juvenile detention facilities, and police lock-ups.

Risk-Needs Responsivity: Turning Principles Into Practice for Tribal Probation Personnel, This bulletin provided a brief introduction to the risk, need, and responsivity principles espoused in the evidenced-based principles for community supervision. Guidance is also provided on how tribal probation officers can incorporate the premise behind each principle into everyday practice.

Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA): Long Term Plan to Build and Enhance Tribal Justice Systems, The Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) has created a tremendous opportunity for Tribal Nations across the United States to enhance their tribal justice systems and improve safety in Indian country.

Healing to Wellness Courts: A Preliminary Overview of Tribal Drug Courts, (NCJ 178907), Bureau of Justice Assistance, July 1999. This report provides an overview of Tribal Advisory Committee sessions which were used to develop comprehensive training and technical assistance program for tribal drug courts.

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