Welcome CTAS Area 4 Grantees!

The National Justice Center is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance to administer Tribal Justice Systems Infrastructure Program (TJSIP). NIJC and its partners EKM&P and Glacier, Inc., will be providing training and technical assistance services for planning, constructing, operating and maintaining tribal correctional systems and alternatives.

Our training and technical assistance services will include:

  1. develop and deliver training programs on planning, constructing, operating and maintaining your correctional system or correctional alternative;
  2. provide training resources through a distance learning format that will be available 24/7;
  3. provide research and links of interest for the BJA Tribal Justice & Safety website;
  4. provide office-based TA on cost-benefit analyses, legal analyses and relationship building for tribal contracting for detention needs;
  5. evaluate existing risk and needs assessments;
  6. develop policies, procedures, data management systems and acquire staff training to institutionalize objective risk and needs assessment with your justice systems;
  7. develop written materials based on tribal corrections development; and
  8. coordinate with Justice Reinvestment Initiative; and
  9. provide ad hoc TA as needed including assistance with BJA reporting tools.

To kick off the T/TA program, we will distribute a T/TA needs assessment survey. We know that you have limited time and we appreciate your responses.  Your responses will help us determine emphasis areas for the T/TA program.

You also may be working with other T/TA providers on prior projects.  You will continue to work with them on the prior project and we will provide T/TA for your 2011 grant award. We look forward to working with you!


FY 2016 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Applicant Webinar Series

In an effort to provide guidance on the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), the Department of Justice is sponsoring a webinar series that will focus on educating applicants about CTAS application requirements and purpose areas.  The key goals of the webinar series are to:

  • Provide a general overview of CTAS;
  • Highlight key application and purpose area requirements;
  • Identify tools and resources for applicants that will facilitate the application process; and
  • Provide an overview of the CTAS budget detail worksheet;
  • Discuss the “dos and don’ts” for budget development;
  • Provide guidance on elements that should be included in high quality budgets;
  • Identify tools and resources to assist applicants with addressing budget-related questions; and
  • Provide opportunities for applicants to obtain detailed information regarding purpose areas of interest from the subject matter experts.

Below are the links to the CTAS webinar series videos and Power Point Presentations:

FY16 CTAS General Overview (webinar recording): https://vimeo.com/148571766

FY16 CTAS Overview (Power Point): Presentation

FY16 CTAS Budget Development (webinar recording): https://vimeo.com/148579197

FY16 CTAS Budget Development (Power Point): Overview

FY16 CTAS Purpose Area 1 (webinar recording): https://vimeo.com/149459701

FY16 CTAS Purpose Area 1 (Power Point): Specific PA 1 Only

FY16 CTAS Purpose Areas 2, 3, and 4 (webinar recording): https://vimeo.com/149459592

FY16 CTAS Purpose Areas 2, 3, and 4 (Power Point): PA 2, 3, 4

FY16 CTAS Purpose Areas 6 and 7 (webinar recording): https://vimeo.com/152755723

FY16 CTAS Purpose Areaas 6 and 7 (Power Point): PA 6 & 7

FY16 CTAS Purpose Areas 8 and 9 (webinar recording): https://vimeo.com/152757137

FY16 Purpose Areas 8 and 9 (Power Point): PA 8 & 9


CTAS Area 4 2015 Grantee Orientation Webinar

Conducted on December 14, 2015

To view the webinar power point presentation click here.

To listen to the recording of the webinar click here.

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The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) has just released two new FREE online courses for tribal community corrections professionals.  These courses were developed in partnership with the Pretrial Justice Institute with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance under Cooperative Agreement 2012-IP-BX-K001. Both courses have been accredited by the American Probation & Parole Association. 

Skills for Pretrial Services Practitioners: Interviewing Techniques

Pretrial Risk Assessment & Risk Mitigation Strategies

To register for these free courses, go to the following direct link on the APPA Relias Academy website:


U.S. Department of Justice

Acting Associate Attorney General Stuart F. Delery announces 2015 grant awards for the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation. 206 awards, totaling more than $97 million, to American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, tribal consortia and tribal designees. To view a list of the grantees click here.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has established the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP) to provide tribes access to national crime information databases for both civil and criminal purposes.  TAP will allow tribes to more effectively serve and protect their nation’s citizens by ensuring the exchange of critical data.

  1. The NPR Story click here.

  2. DOJ Press Release click here.

  3. DOI Collaboration with DOJ click here

New “FASD in Review” Examines Research on Costs of FASD in the Correctional System

This month, FASD in Review examines an article that is currently in press with the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, titled “Cost Attributable to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in the Canadian Correctional System” (to be published in 2015). This study estimates the costs for youths (12-17 years old) and adults (18+ years old) with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the Canadian correctional system in 2011/2012. Estimating these costs is vital for quantifying the social impact of FASD and demonstrating its significance as a public health issue. To read a summary of this important new research, click here.

Facebook-To read a summary of this important new research, visithttp://goo.gl/Uo4wkP. 

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Justice Policy Institute

Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration

Provides estimates of the overall costs resulting from the negative outcomes associated with incarceration. The report finds that these long-term consequences of incarcerating young people could cost taxpayers $8 billion to $21 billion each year. Click here to read the report.

Tribal Crime Data Collection Activities, 2015

Describes Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) activities to collect and improve data on crime and justice in Indian country, as required by the Tribal Law and Order Act, 2010. To view the data click here.

Status of the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA)Pilot Program Report to Congress
Attached is the TLOA report on the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Pilot Project; forwarded by the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, on behalf of the Bureau of Prisons. In short, the Report recommends continuing the program.

Reporting Reminders

Final reports and closeout package are due within 90 days of the end of the award. A list of important and useful links have been added to the CTAS Resources Library, also below are listed some important and useful numbers:

Report Type System Reporting Period Due by Help Desk
Financial Status Reports (SF425) GMS
January 1-March 31
April 1- June 30
July 1-September 30
October 1-December 31
April 30
July 30
October 30
January 30
OCFO Customer Service
Semi-annual (Narrative) Progress Report GMS
*Attach PMT Report
January 1-June 30
July 1- December 31
July 30
January 30
GMS Help Desk
BJA Quarterly Performance Measures PMT
January 1-March 31
April 1- June 30*
July 1-September 30
October 1-December 31*
*Upload this report to GMS
April 30
July 30
October 30
January 30
PMT Help Desk

February 26, 2014. Nisqually Indian Tribe to dedicate safety complex. The Olympia, Washington Nisqually facility includes 288-bed jail, offices for law enforcement. To read the full article click here.

Each Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) -participating Justice Department agency will be hosting CTAS purpose area-specific webinars and Q&A teleconferences during the application period. Additionally, the Justice Department has tentatively scheduled two CTAS Grant Application and Strategic Planning workshops. Please review the attached CTAS Webinar and Teleconference Schedule for more information on upcoming webinars, teleconferences, and CTAS Grant Application and Strategic Planning Workshops.  You can find more information at the www.justice.gov/tribal webpage.


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