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Tribal Justice

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Publications & Multimedia

Tribal Crime Data Collection Activities
Bureau of Justice Statistics, Annual

Jails in Indian Country
Bureau of Justice Statistics, Annual

Tribal Justice Probation System Review Guidebook
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, April 2019

American Indian and Alaska Natives in Local Jails, 1999-2014
Bureau of Justice Statistics, September 2017

Recommendations for Tribal Probation When Supervising Domestic Violence Offenders
Office on Violence Against Women-Sponsored, June 2016

A Tribal Probation Officers Guide to Working with Victims
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, July 2015

Using Family Mapping Tools To Enhance Outcomes for Tribal Members Under Community Supervision
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, February 2015

See the Publications page for more.

Related Resources

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA): Division of Corrections
BIA works to ensure Indian Country facilities are operated in a safe, secure, and humane manner and provides technical assistance to detention programs.

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS): Indian Country Justice Statistics
The Indian Country Justice Statistics page provides access to BJS and other data related to tribal justice matters.

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP): Tribal Offenders
This section of the BOP site highlights matters related to the custody and care of tribal individuals within BOP facilities.

National Institute of Corrections (NIC)
NIC provides training, technical assistance, information services, and policy/program development assistance to federal, state, local, and tribal corrections agencies.

National Reentry Resource Center
Administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Reentry Resource Center provides education, training, and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, non-profit organizations, and corrections institutions working on prisoner reentry.

Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)
The responsibilities of the SMART Office include providing jurisdictions with guidance regarding the implementation of the Adam Walsh Act and providing technical assistance to the states, territories, tribes, local governments, and to public and private organizations. The SMART Office also tracks important legislative and legal developments related to sex offenders and administers grant programs related to the registration, notification, and management of sex offenders.

Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP)
The Department of Justice launched TAP in August 2015 to provide tribes access to national crime information systems for both civil and criminal purposes. TAP allows tribes to more effectively serve and protect their nation's citizens by ensuring the exchange of critical data across the Criminal Justice Information Services systems and other national crime information systems.

Tribal Access to Justice Innovation
Funded through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Tribal Access to Justice Innovation site is designed to help tribal justice practitioners learn about emerging and promising justice-related programs in Indian Country, including those that focus on alternatives to incarceration and other areas of corrections and reentry.

Tribal Justice and Safety
The Department of Justice’s Tribal Justice and Safety website serves as a one-stop shop for tribal communities, developed to provide a user-friendly, updated and comprehensive resource for American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities to help further improve public safety.

Grant Programs

Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)
Administered by the Office of Justice Programs, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Office on Violence Against Women, CTAS funds enhance law enforcement practices and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts in nine purpose areas including public safety and community policing; justice systems planning; alcohol and substance abuse; corrections and correctional alternatives; violence against women; juvenile justice; and tribal youth programs.

Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
OJP provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of crime fighting strategies. Contained on the OJP Funding Resource Center site is information about open solicitations, resources for applicants and grantees, grant procedures and requirements, links to State Administering Agencies, and additional grant-related resources.

Training & Technical Assistance

National Institute of Corrections (NIC): Training
NIC provides management and specialty training for staff of state and local corrections throughout the U.S. and its commonwealths and territories. Trainings are available for juvenile justice, federal prison system, and military corrections personnel through interagency agreements. NIC also offers live broadcast training opportunities.

Tribal Justice and Safety: Training and Technical Assistance
The Department of Justice (DOJ) provides training and technical assistance to further practical and specialized knowledge to implement and enhance justice system efforts in tribal and other areas. This page provides information about opportunities covering a variety of topics and presents access to DOJ training and technical assistance providers.