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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reentry Project

Award Information

Award #
2010-CZ-BX-0051
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2010
Total funding (to date)
$1,125,000

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $750,000)

The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison and jail into communities and the subsequent challenges communities face as offenders attempt to reintegrate into society. The Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative provides funding to state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes for demonstration projects to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of individuals who have been incarcerated. Funded demonstration projects will use validated and dynamic assessment tools to determine the risks and needs of offenders.

Projects will provide offenders in prisons or jails with all necessary services to facilitate reentry into the community. In addition, the projects will develop procedures to ensure that dangerous felons are not released from prison prematurely and provide services that address treatment needs and protect communities against dangerous offenders Allowable uses of funds to enhance a successful transition include: pre-release assessment and case planning, mentoring, housing, education, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, services to enhance family reunification, job training and readiness, and post-release case management and supervision.

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe will use the FY 2010 Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative to create a culturally-specific, asset-based, wraparound reentry program for Leech Lake juveniles returning to the Reservation from placement in secure detention and involuntary inpatient treatment ordered by the Leech Lake Tribal Court and the Ninth Judicial District Court for Cass County, Minnesota. The Leech Lake Band will partner with the Cass County Probation Department and the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI). The program will target Leech Lake youth between the ages of 12 and 17 at high risk to recidivate, and their families. The reentry process will begin when a youth has been court ordered to detention or treatment. A case plan will be developed for each individual that will address co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues. The short term goal is a 50% increase in education involvement and vocational activities over non-program peers. The intermediate goals are to increase public safety and reduce recidivism. The long term goal of this program is a 50% reduction in criminal recidivism at five years after program involvement as compared with non-program peers.

CA/NCF

OJJDP's Demonstration Programs Division Grants were established to provide grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance to organizations. This program is authorized by the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, Pub. L. 112-110.

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe proposes to continue the implementation of a culturally-specific, asset-based, wraparound reentry program for high risk juveniles involved in the justice system as an alternative to incarceration. They will be returning to the Tribal area from placement in secure detention or involuntary inpatient treatment ordered by the Leech Lake Tribal Court and the Ninth Judicial District Court for Cass, Beltrami, Itasca and Hubbard Counties. The Leech Lake Band will continue essential partnerships with internal departments, Tribal School, County Probation Departments, Oshki-Manidou, Northwest Minnesota Juvenile Detention Center and Public Schools. The project will target 30 Leech Lake high risk youth between the ages of 12 and 17 and their families until system development allows for increased expansion. The reentry process begins when a Leech Lake youth is court ordered to detention or treatment, whereupon County Probation will administer the MAYSI-2 (Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument) and/or the YLS (Youth Level of Service), both validated risk/needs assessments. Referrals will be forwarded to the Tribal Court, which will oversee intake, eligibility and development of an individualized case plan that is holistic, strengths-based; culturally relevant, gender-appropriate; addresses co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues, with an emphasis on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD); while utilizing as a foundation the Seven Grandfathers of Anishinabe values and teachings. Compliance will be monitored by the Tribal Court using a restorative justice approach. The project will track data and performance measures through program forms, information-sharing and data base. Some short term goals are to improve pro-social behavior, increase community connectivity, increase use of evidence-based and practice-based services and increase access to cultural activities. Long term goals are to increase public safety and reduce recidivism. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 7, 2010