Building Community Corrections Capacity in American Indian Nations & Alaskan Native Villages
Contracting Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance

The Nation/Village probation officers face challenges that probation officers in other jurisdictions cannot fathom, such as large caseload sizes, large geographical areas, and dual supervision caseloads of adults and juveniles, among others. Nation/Village probation officers provide community supervision with menial budgets, generally only enough funding to cover low salaries, and without a sufficient infrastructure. The goal of this project is to work alongside the Nations/Villages in their capacity to provide community supervision services for their people. APPA, in partnership with American Indian Development Associates, Robert F. Kennedy Foundation National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, and Community Corrections Institute, LLC, will be guided by the following objectives to achieve the desired goal: to develop, deliver and evaluate tribal probation officer training programs; develop resources and strategies to assist tribes in assessing their infrastructure and improve their capacity to support diversion and community corrections program; and deliver technical assistance to tribes in assessing, designing and/or improving infrastructure and practices to support diversion and community corrections programs.

Tribal Probation Academy VII

The TPA develops all areas fundamental to the corrections programs by training, building and enhancing infrastructure to tribal community corrections programs. Training and technical assistance for probation officers new to the field or needing refresher courses are available for tribal probationers to support the overwhelming introduction tribal probation officers face when hired to work in criminal or juvenile justice by learning on the job. Professionals working in Indian Country and subject matter experts provide tribal specific training that include tactical maneuvers, while learning how to manage caseloads to reduce recidivism. The academy often serves as the first training that officers experience and is imperative to use evidence-based practices. Traditionally, reinforcing recognition each Nation/Village has a unique history, culture, language, and governance structure to the supervision process.

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