The Tribal Reentry Guide and Coordinator’s Toolkit: Strategies and Protocols for Building Successful Reentry Programs


Tuesday, August 20, 2019
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Session Type: Workshop

Tribes face unique challenges in preparing for the return of their members after confinement. One significant challenge is the jurisdictional labyrinth under which tribes exist and operate (Cobb, Matz, & Mullins, 2011). The culturally based services that the tribal community can provide to its members are critical components to building successful reentry plans. In collaboration with the Center for Court Innovation), the APPA has supported the development of the Tribal Reentry Guide and Coordinator’s Toolkit. The Toolkit consists of web-based training modules focused on a broad range of topics related to reentry, and each module is self-guided so that tribes with current or developing local reentry planning teams can use them without the oversight of an external facilitator. This makes it relatively easy to further the development of local reentry solutions. To date, this Toolkit is the first to provide this form of reentry guidance for this target population. The workshop presenters will provide a useful overview as well as suggestions for most effectively using the Toolkit. Participants interested in reentry coordination for individuals returning to tribal communities should greatly benefit from this session.


Nan Benally
Tribal Program Grants Manager, American Probation and Parole Association

Nan Benally is the Tribal Program Grants Manager for the American Probation & Parole Association. She works with tribal communities throughout the United States providing support and technical assistance in the implementation of grant funded programs that focus on the needs of tribal communities. The work includes outreach to tribal leaders, researchers, organizations and individuals that promote collaborative partnerships in addressing the needs of tribal communities focused in areas of Probation & Parole. Nan has utilized her background in areas of social justice in helping to create outcomes of direct application and influence in resolving concrete problems and also meeting community-based needs, transforming the status quo of institutions and challenging stakeholders in addressing these issues collaboratively, leading to a multidisciplinary commitment to enact change. Nan has completed her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University and continues to work on her doctorate and professional licensure.

Adelle Fontanet
Associate Director, Tribal Justice Exchange, Center for Court Innovation

Adelle Fontanet is an associate director of the Center for Court Innovation’s Tribal Justice Exchange, which provides technical assistance to tribes seeking to develop or enhance their justice systems. Currently, Adelle is working with several tribes to implement federal grants supporting court improvement projects. She also plays a central role in the Tribal Access to Justice and Innovation initiative, which is designed to promote the sharing of information about innovative tribal justice programs around the country. Additionally, Adelle was one of the lead planners for the Red Hook Peacemaking Program and continues to serve as a peacemaker for disputes referred from the court system and other partner agencies. Adelle previously completed a fellowship with the Center, during which she worked at Bronx Community Solutions providing alternatives to incarceration to low-level misdemeanor and adolescent defendants. Adelle has a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Anthropology from the University of Florida. She is a licensed attorney in the state of Florida.