Pacific Northwest Tribes Regional Juvenile Correctional Facility

Pacific Northwest Tribes Regional Juvenile Correctional Facility

The Department of Justice, Corrections Program Office, in conjunction with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) authorized the completion of this Needs Assessment. The subject of the Study was the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI), comprised of 55 members in eight states. The Study focused on the 49 ATNI members in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and western Montana, a region of about 300,000 square miles. The purpose of the Study was to assess the need to construct a regional juvenile detention facility for the Native American youth in the Pacific Northwest.

Drawing on data from multiple and disparate sources, the study provided:

  • Youth incarceration rates and characteristics
  • Need for alternatives to incarceration
  • Analysis of existing beds and beds funded for construction in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Feasibility of regional facility for entire Northwest region (i.e., cost implications, transportation, etc.)
  • Prerequisites to Tribes’ utilization of regional facility (i.e., budget and resource sharing plan, juvenile criminal codes, Memoranda of Understanding, etc.)
  • Types of crimes being committed in the study area
  • Analysis of Justice System Infrastructures among ATNI Tribes
  • Analysis of the viability of five regions within the study area as sites for a regional juvenile facility
  • Recommendation of potential sites for a facility or multiple regional facilities and rationales