Reentry Workshop for Native American Tribes

Reentry Workshop for Native American Tribes

Justice Solutions Group (JSG) under a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance offers a Reentry Workshop. The workshop is two days in length and takes place on-site at the request of interested tribes.

A major recommendation of the Tribal Law and Order Act Long Term Plan to Build and Enhance Tribal Justice Systems is that tribes develop and implement evidence-based reentry programs that include risk assessment tools and individual case management plans.

The report further states that reentry is a process of using “programs targeted at promoting the effective reintegration of offenders back to communities upon release from prison and jail” which assists offenders to acquire the life skills needed to succeed in the community. Although reentry should begin in correctional facilities, successful strategies utilize community based programs, treatment options and family support systems.

Tribes that receive funding for construction of correctional facilities under the Recovery Act are given priority for the training. However the Workshop is available to any federally recognized tribe at no cost. The Workshop includes effective strategies to develop culturally based programs, establish in-house procedures and implement community interventions. Subjects such as staffing issues, screening and assessment tools, and case management plans are also covered. Materials include Participants Workbooks and supplementary resource materials. Faculty includes individuals with experience in the development and management of Native American Reentry Programs.