Indian Country Jails-Training and Related Assistance

The jail is a key component of the tribal justice system.

Tribal courts, probation, and law enforcement all intersect in scope and mission with Indian Country jails.

Given the public service nature and importance of Indian Country jails, it is essential to recognize them as part of the

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As such, jails play an integral part in public safety, re-entry, reunification, and reducing recidivism.

Jails are a complex ecosystem with a variety of challenges.

Jail Administrators, correctional staff, tribal leadership, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) correctional staff must have knowledge and skills in a wide array of areas to effectively manage and operate a jail in Indian Country.

Staffing, health care, budgeting, adequate funding and resources, recruitment, hiring, and retention, aging facilities, jail planning, managing inmate behavior and special populations, appropriate staff training, and a host of other items are all relevant issues for Indian Country jails.

Both tribes and the BIA have responsibility in the administration and operation of jails in Indian Country.

An overarching mission of safe, secure, and humane facilities guide their work.

Additionally, many jails include components of rehabilitation, culturally relevant environments, respect, and dignity.

To realize its role, the jail must focus on effective operations and ingrain sound practices and procedures throughout the agency.

Related Programs

Corrections_Training and Staff Development

Department of Justice

Agency: Department of Justice

Office: National Institute of Corrections

Estimated Funding: $85,000

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NIC invites applications from nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, community, and tribal organizations), for-profit organizations (including tribal for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).

Recipients, including for-profit organizations, must agree to waive any profit or fee for services.

NIC welcomes applications that involve two or more entities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the others must be proposed as subrecipients.

The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for administering the funding and managing the entire program.

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