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NCJ Number: NCJ 210892     Find in a Library
Title: Strengthening and Rebuilding Tribal Justice Systems: Learning From History and Looking Towards the Future, Executive Summary
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Stephen Brimley ; Carrie Garrow ; Miriam Jorgensen ; Stewart Wakeling
Date Published: 03/2005
Page Count: 11
  Annotation: This is the executive summary of a process evaluation of the Comprehensive Indian Resources for Community and Law Enforcement (CIRCLE) Project, which provided incentives and opportunities for Indian tribes to improve their justice system components.
Abstract: CIRCLE, which began in 1998, involves a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, and Pueblo of Zuni for the purpose of strengthening those tribes' justice systems. USDOJ is to provide streamlined and coordinated Federal funding for tribal justice functions. Evaluation of the CIRCLE Project was conducted in two phases. The first phase was an 18-month "process" phase, which is the subject of this report. The second phase will be the "outcomes" phase, which will be the subject of a separate report. An important goal of the process evaluation was to determine whether CIRCLE's design was useful to tribes in their efforts to strengthen their justice systems. Site-based interviews and observations focused on two working-group products that provided support for the efforts of tribal partners: the Federal partners' work in streamlining and coordinating funding, as well as improved communication and cooperation among the Federal partners and between the Federal partners and the tribes. The process used the concept of nation-building to guide the initiative's goals, plans, and implementation. This process focused on tailoring tribal strategies to tribal cultural values. Another focus of the process evaluation was the sustainability of improvements in the face of fiscal, political and other challenges over an extended period of time. The process evaluation determined that streamlined USDOJ funding was used by the tribes to assess current conditions and begin designing improvements for their justice systems.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Indian justice ; Tribal court system ; Grants or contracts ; Indian affairs ; American Indians ; Tribal police ; Criminal justice system reform ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2000-MU-MU-0015
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation ; Report (Summary)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: For the final report see NCJ-210893.
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