National Indian Justice Center
DOJ Training area of focus: Courts and Tribal-State Collaboration
The National Indian Justice Center is a 100% Indian owned and operated training and technical assistance organization with the primary purpose of improving the administration of justice in Indian Country. NIJC was founded in 1983 and has developed more than 40 training courses for tribal government personnel, is contracted by tribes for tribal court evaluations and provides technical assistance on various issues facing tribal governments. NIJC has been awarded a grant from BJA to provide in-person training, onsite and web-based technical assistance and mentoring opportunities to tribal justice systems to show them how they can use
this promising practice to enhance tribal court operations around substance abuse issues. More specifically, the comprehensive TTA program will encompass:
• Recognizing signs and symptoms indicative of substance abuse issues.
• Adaptation of the Juvenile Crime Prevention (JCP) tool into intake forms and data management systems for local use to enhance determination of whether or not substance abuse is a contributing factor in a case, how it contributes to an offender's criminal behavior and if FASD is indicated.
• Targeting interventions that reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors.
• Identify existing diversion and treatment programs.
• FASD training and bench guide.
• Strategies and practices for interagency cooperation when insufficient resources exist at the local level.
• Evaluating program effectiveness for defendants who are diverted.
Additionally, because access to services are such a critical part of successful intervention, NIJC will convene roundtable discussions to explore the challenges tribal justice systems face in creating and/or acquiring prevention and intervention services for participants with substance abuse and FASD issues and strategies for overcoming these barriers.
Services the organization will provide include training and technical assistance for tribal court personnel on issues of court development and improvement; training and technical assistance for tribal leaders to maintain consistency in development of laws and revision of constitutions. The organization will also be assisting tribes with the implementation and enhancement of correctional systems and correctional alternatives.
Target audience includes tribal court personnel, tribal transportation personnel, tribal leaders, tribal attorneys, state and federal agencies working with tribal governments, and tribal corrections practitioners. Training and Technical assistance is not limited to tribes that have been awarded federal grants such as CTAS.
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