|Project TEAM is dedicated to helping tribes and local governments create, implement and manage joint jurisdiction collaborations. Our goals are to improve justice outcomes while building positive community relationships.|
In 2006, Judge John Smith of Cass County, Minnesota and Judge Korey Wahwassuck from the Leech Lake Band of Objiwe joined together to combat impaired driving and substance-use related crime in their community by creating a joint-jurisdiction Wellness Court. The court was successful on many levels. Not only did it lead to reduced recidivism and improved public safety, the court helped many individuals turn their lives around and led to improved relations between the Tribe and local communities. Furthermore, creation of the Wellness Court led to other collaborations between the tribe and local government, such as a juvenile reentry program, Wellness Court creation in surrounding communities, and tribal flag installations at county court houses and Chambers of Commerce. The Cass County/Leech Lake Wellness Court has won several national and international awards (Harvard University Honoring Nations Award; National Association of Drug Court Professionals Award; the National Criminal Justice Association Award, among others) and both Judge Smith and Judge Wahwassuck are frequently asked to consult on the creation of joint jurisdiction projects. Judge Smith and Judge Wahwassuck are joined by Jennifer Fahey, JD, Scott Warnick, JD, and Allison Leof, PhD, in comprising the Project TEAM personnel.
With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Project TEAM staff is developing a manual to guide joint tribal/local government collaboration and is accepting applications from tribes and their local government partners for on-site assistance in building a joint jurisdiction project. Selected applicants will be provided with expert support and guidance from Project TEAM staff remotely and through three on-site visits in May, July and September 2014. Applications for assistance must be jointly submitted by a representative from both a tribal and a local or state government authority.
A webinar explaining the project and application process was held Monday, December 2nd. To view the webinar please click here.
Proposals are due on December 20, 2013. Applicants will be interviewed by TEAM staff the week of January 20, 2014 and a selection announcement will be made January 31, 2014. Additional details can be found in the Request for Proposals and Applications below. Please complete the application and submit it via email to email@example.com. If you have any questions, please contact Allison Leof at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-494-3805.
This project was supported by Grant No. 2012-IC-BX-K003 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.