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Title: Strengthening and Rebuilding Tribal Justice Systems: Learning From History and Looking Towards the Future, Final Report
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Stephen Brimley ; Carrie Garrow ; Mirian Jorgensen ; Stewart Wakeling
Date Published: 03/2005
Page Count: 170
  Annotation: This is the final report 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 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. The improvements begun include the strengthening of agency performance, the creation and expansion of support programs for tribal courts, and the development of culturally based framework for rethinking the design of criminal justice institutions and agencies. 1 table, 1 figure, and 62 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Indian justice ; Tribal court system ; Grants or contracts ; Interagency cooperation ; Indian affairs ; American Indians ; Federal programs ; Tribal police ; NIJ final report
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
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: For the executive summary see NCJ-210892.
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