Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $399,973)
The Tribe seeks to impact juveniles ages 8-17 through this program, although juveniles younger and slightly older may be helped as well. The location for this project will be the CRST Indian reservation and all juveniles residing within the Reservation exterior boundaries will be served. The CRST Tribal Youth Project to Improve the Juvenile Justice System will have two components: 1) updating the CRST Children's Code and 2) hiring a law-trained Juvenile Prosecutor. The CRST will establish a Tribal Youth Project Advisory Board to provide input into the Children's Code revision or promulgations for a new code.
The goals of the program are to establish a children's code advisory board to ensure the new code is culturally sensitive, search for Board Members and Volunteers, conduct the first Board Meeting and establish a schedule for quarterly Board Meetings, print and distribute new CRST Children's Code, hire a law-trained juvenile prosecutor (the Juvenile Prosecutor will be law-trained and familiar with CRST constitution) by beginning advertising for Juvenile Prosecutor, conduct candidate review and interviews and juvenile prosecutor evaluations annually, and evaluate Juvenile Prosecutor caseload by working on the back log of Children's Court Cases. CA/NCF