Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $224,156)
Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. launched a Department-wide initiative on public safety and victim services in Tribal communities. As part of this effort, Department of Justice (DOJ) leadership conducted a series of meetings across the country addressing violent crime in Tribal communities. As a result, DOJ developed the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, combining DOJ's existing Tribal government-specific competitive solicitations into one, and thus requiring only one application from each Tribe or Tribal consortium. This approach provides federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal consortia the opportunity to develop a comprehensive approach to public safety and victimization issues. This award was selected under Purpose Area #9, Enhance accountability for delinquent behavior (OJJDP - Tribal Juvenile Accountability Discretionary Program - TJADG), CFDA #16.73, authorized under the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010, Division B, Title II, Public Law 111-117, 123 Stat. 3122, 3134.
The Gila River Indian Community Probation Department seeks to reduce the number of offenders committing crimes while abusing Drugs and Alcohol. The requested grant funds will support the ongoing operations of the Community Juvenile Drug Court to combat the problem of recidivism among non-violent drug and alcohol abuse offenders. To accomplish this the following goals and related objectives will be accomplished: The Law Office, Defense Services and the Children's Court will identify and refer eligible juveniles to the program; individualized treatment plans will be developed; community based traditional treatment and healing with elders and traditional counselor will be utilized; participation of the various departments who serve on the Drug Court Team will be encouraged in the form of case management; an incentive program will be implemented to educate youth on the effects of abuse; materials will be purchased; and public awareness will be developed. With funding, the Probation Officer will provide more positive supervision by additional night and weekend checks. Staff will arrange incentive field trips for the juveniles in the program, which will provide opportunities for the youth to experience more drug and alcohol free events, such as visiting museums and national parks. A program evaluator will conduct the evaluation of the Teen Court Program focusing on the number of cases and types of charges filed, number of youth referred to program, number of youth who are compliant, number of youth who test positive for Drugs and Alcohol, and number of youth who reoffend. CA/NCF