February 6, 2015
BUREAU OF JUSTICE ASSISTANCE EXPLORES LESSONS LEARNED FROM
TRIBAL JUDGES REGARDING IMPLEMENTATION OF TRIBAL LAW AND
ORDER ACT’S ENHANCED SENTENCING AUTHORITY
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), a component of the
Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, today announced the release of Enhanced Sentencing in Tribal Courts: Lessons Learned From Tribes. The publication, funded by BJA, was created in partnership with the American Probation and Parole Association, the National Tribal Judicial Center, and the Tribal Judicial Institute.
The publication provides a brief overview of changes under the Tribal Law and Order
Act regarding enhanced sentencing authority in tribal courts; offers considerations for
corrections professionals regarding enhanced sentencing authority; and provides tribes with a checklist to help guide discussions on implementation of the new sentencing authority and corrections issues. Lastly, this publication provides information on financial resources to fund enhanced sentencing authority implementation.
TITLE: Enhanced Sentencing in Tribal Courts: Lessons Learned From Tribes
AUTHOR: Christine Folsom-Smith, Director, The National Tribal Judicial Center
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), headed by Assistant Attorney General Karol V.
Mason, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has six bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; 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