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Bureau of Justice Assistance: Programs to Support Tribal Justice

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Date Published
March 2021
2 pages

This report summarizes Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) programs that support tribal justice.


BJA’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation Program provides federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia with resources to develop a comprehensive and coordinated approach to public safety and victimization. BJA’s Tribal and Criminal Legal Assistance Program assists tribes in developing and improving their capacity and delivery of civil and criminal legal services to individuals and tribes, as well as develop policies that improve access to tribal justice systems. BJA’s Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Program supports state, local, and tribal planning, implementation, and improvement of adult drug courts and veterans treatment courts, including healing to wellness courts. The Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Program funds states, government units, and Indian tribes in addressing, preventing, and reducing school violence. The Emmett Till Cold Case Investigations Program supports cold-case racially motivated murder investigations and prosecutions that occurred prior to December 31, 1979. The Correctional Adult Reentry Education, Employment, and Recidivism Reduction Strategies Program intends to improve corrections systems’ capacity to address the needs of substance-abusing offenders. BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program assists states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments in planning, developing, and implementing comprehensive efforts to counter drug abuse. BJA’s Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program supports tribes in purchasing, deploying, and maintaining law enforcement body-worn cameras. BJA’s Second Chance Act Community-Based Reentry Program supports nonprofit organizations and Indian tribes in implementing or expanding reentry programs with broad partnerships. BJA’s Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program supports tribal cross-system collaboration that improves responses and outcomes for persons with mental illnesses processed by the tribal justice system.