Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $766,942)
The Alaska Native Justice Center, in partnership with the State of Alaska’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), will address the problem of the disproportionate representation of Alaska Native/American Indian youth in Alaska’s juvenile justice system. Primary project activities include delivery of culturally-informed pre- and post-release programming to youth held in DJJ facilities across Alaska; facilitation of activities designed to increase access to justice for Alaska Native/American Indian youth; and collaboration with the Anchorage Police Department (APD) on activities that engage both Alaska Native/American Indian youth and the APD designed to build trust between law enforcement and the community. Key deliverables include restorative justice circles; one-on-one advocacy sessions, culture-bearer sessions, cultural activities, community service opportunities, community gatherings, youth leadership development sessions, assessment of barriers to justice, training, and outreach events. Although Alaska Native/American Indian youth involved with Alaska's juvenile justice system are the primary intended project beneficiaries, all Alaska DJJ-involved youth are eligible for services.