Training and Technical Assistance

Justice Solutions Group

DOJ Training area of focus: Institutional Corrections and Correctional Alternatives

About JSG
Justice Solutions Group (JSG) is a nationally recognized juvenile and criminal justice consulting firm. JSG provides a comprehensive array of services including: justice system and facility needs assessments; master plan development; architectural space programming; facility concept design; staffing analysis; program design; scenario development; policies and procedures; post orders; and transition and operational planning services. JSG members have successfully completed numerous criminal and juvenile justice projects for federal, state and local agencies and institutions throughout the United States. JSG members have worked with over fifty Native American Tribes and Alaska Native Villages to develop new adult and juvenile facilities and justice centers.

Services Provided
JSG has a management team, organizational structure and national service delivery system in place to provide timely, comprehensive and expert services to tribal grantees that are planning, renovating or developing new detention and/or correctional facilities under BJA’s Construction of Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands (CCFTL) grant program. JSG provides an array of training and technical assistance services to tribes, on an as-needed basis, throughout the facility development process from project initiation through planning, design, bidding, construction, and ultimate activation. Selected services include:

Technical Assistance (TA)
A JSG “Team” is assigned to work directly and continuously with tribes throughout their projects. The JSG Team communicates with all tribal project teams and tribal leadership; responds to requests for TA and/or training; keeps current on the status of each project; and assigns “Specialists,” as necessary, to address specific TA needs (e.g. engineering; security; cost analysis; NEPA) and achieve results. Each JSG Team collaborates closely with their assigned tribes to ensure that the proper experts are assigned and training and TA services are delivered in a timely and appropriate manner. TA may include developing and delivering targeted workshops; instructional materials; technical guides and/or publications; and on-site and off -site TA to tribal grantees, including long distance learning by webinar and conference call.

Training by Developing and Delivering Targeted Workshops
JSG has developed and delivered specialized workshops on facility planning, design and construction. Additional workshops may be offered to provide tribal grantees with the knowledge, skills, and methodologies they need to develop effectively functioning justice systems. When appropriate, JSG also arranges and facilitates site visits to model Indian Country justice facilities.

Long Distance Learning
JSG provides distance learning through webinars and a monthly call-in telephone conference to answer grantee questions, share learning and allow grantees to network with each other.

The JSG Team, in consultation with BJA, develops and disseminates publications and guides that contain relevant information about community justice and facility planning, design and construction. This has resulted in the development and publication of 13 resource guides entitled A Series of Guides for Planning, Designing, and
Constructing  Adult and Juvenile Correctional and Detention Facilities on Tribal Lands. These Guides are available at

Logistical Support for OJP/BJA Events
JSG provides support for and presents at numerous BJA-sponsored multi-tribal events focusing on planning, renovating and constructing correctional facilities on tribal lands.

Targeted Specialized Technical Assistance to BJA Grantees
JSG can make accessible to tribal grantees, throughout the duration of their grants, a cadre of specialists that can address particular questions in specific technical areas (e.g. engineering; security; cost analysis; NEPA).

Planning Alternatives and Correctional Facilities for Indian Country (PACIFIC) Advisory Committee
A key resource in JSG’s organizational structure is the PACIFIC Advisory Committee, which is comprised of leadership members from tribal governments, tribal correctional agencies, representatives from JSG, BJA, BIA, NIC, SAMHSA, HUD, private foundations and others. JSG facilitates the meetings and activities of the PACIFIC Advisory Committee. The Committee may review and comment on relevant materials, provide input on curricula, and offer general advice on broad policy matters.

Target Audience/Eligibility
JSG’s primary target audience is federally recognized Native American and Alaskan Native tribes (“Tribes”) that have received grant funding through BJA’s Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands grant program. JSG’s secondary audience is all federally recognized tribes throughout the United States that request assistance from the BJA in connection with the planning or development of detention and/or correctional facilities on tribal lands.

Contact Information:
P (201) 768-6839 | F (201) 768-6855

Updated September 9, 2014

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