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Klamath Tribes Juvenile Justice Enhancement Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $498,665)

The Justice Department's grant-making components have created a streamlined approach for federally recognized Tribes, Tribal consortia, Alaska Native villages and corporations, as well as authorized tribal designees to apply for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 funding opportunities. The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) serves as a single solicitation for existing tribal government-specific grant programs administered by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The CTAS solicitation is designed to assist tribes with addressing crime and public safety issues in a comprehensive manner. The CTAS grant-application process was inspired by and developed after consultation with tribal leaders, including sessions at the Justice Department's Tribal Nations Listening Session in 2009, and has been updated based on continued tribal consultations and listening sessions.

The Klamath Tribes seeks to use indigenous strategies to (1) prevent and control tribal juvenile delinquency, (2) improve the tribal administration of criminal and juvenile justice, and (3) strengthen the tribal juvenile justice system. The specific objectives to accomplish these goals relate to activities that will be undertaken by the Tribal Court, with strong tribal and community partners. These activities include: (1) establishing fair and tribally driven Rules of Juvenile Procedure that will enhance the Tribe's ability to respond to delinquency and provide fair and clear rules for process to strengthen juvenile justice; (2) establishing a clear Juvenile Probation Policy and Guidance that will assist current and future Probation Officers and Judges in making consistent and fair determinations; and (3) providing funds for the continuation of an effective Tribal Juvenile Court. The target population for this initiative is juveniles who are enrolled members of, or eligible for enrollment in, a federally recognized Indian Tribe or persons otherwise eligible for court services under this grant application and who are between the ages of 10 and 17. The program will use the state's Juvenile Justice Information System (JJIS) to provide data on recidivism to include developing and/or collecting survey results and quantitative data to evaluate changes and to improve effectiveness and outcomes of the program.

Date Created: September 26, 2012