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2009-09-22 / Headlines

Rosebud, Pine Ridge to receive law enforcement grants

Washington, DC- Rep. Herseth Sandlin announced that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is the recipient of a $25,000,000 grant to construct an adult correctional facility with enhanced capacity that supports the cultural traditions of rehabilitation of the incarcerated.

"Improving law enforcement in Indian Country is one of my top priorities in Congress," Rep. Herseth Sandlin said. "Part of this effort is constructing correctional facilities that are safer and more secure for inmates and staff. This funding will strengthen the efforts of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe to improve its tribal justice system and keep communities in Indian Country safe."

The tribe's current 66 bed adult facility is nearly 30 years old, deteriorating, lacks a custody and classification system, and is unsafe for both inmates and staff. The new facility proposes to contain dedicated housing for inmates requiring separation for medical related issues (infectious diseases) and special management, and will enable the administration of rehabilitative programs. The newly constructed facility will provide rehabilitative programs and services such as education, counseling, alcohol prevention, cultural preservation programs, value based cultural teachings, suicide prevention, and faith-based programming. In addition, Rep. Herseth Sandlin announced $22,108 in grant funding for the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Authorized under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) and administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, this funding will assist the tribe in purchasing updated computers to ensure accurate communication with officers and enable officersto complete their reports in a timely manner.

Rep. Herseth Sandlin said. "With these resources, the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety will have more tools to increase efficiency and successfully address crime."

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states and units of local governments, including tribes, to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on state and local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiates, including: law enforcement programs; prosecution and court programs; prevention and education programs; corrections and community corrections programs; drug treatment and enforcement programs; planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and crime victim and witness programs.

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