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Exploring New Approaches: Alternatives to Incarceration, Multi-Purpose Justice Centers, and Treatment Centers

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Please join us for the second in a four-part series of interactive, working webinars designed to focus on developing clear, concise policy recommendations for inclusion in any long-term detention plan submitted to Congress under the Tribal Law & Order Act (TLOA). The second webinar of this four-part series was held on April 13, 2011 with the remaining webinars still to come (all webinar times are in Eastern Daylight Time):

  • - April 27, 2011—2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.—Bricks and Mortar: Facility Construction and Operation
  • - May 11, 2011—2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.—A Brighter Future: Pre-release and Reentry Into the Community

These detention-focused webinars are part of a larger webinar series that aims to enhance tribal and state collaboration and highlight the benefits of intergovernmental coordination. The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) will jointly host the upcoming webinars, sponsored by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice.

The April 13 webinar provided a brief informational overview on:

  • - fresh approaches and alternatives to detention in Indian Country;
  • - the tribal multi-purpose justice center model and its success;
  • - treatment centers for Native youth and adults; and
  • - remaining challenges to address.


The webinar featured Laverne Beech, Tribal Public Affairs, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes; Brett Taylor, Deputy Director of Technical Assistance, Center for Court Innovation; and Bart Lubow, Director of Programs for High Risk Youth, The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Following the introductory overview, the major focus of this working webinar was to gather input and feedback and answer questions from tribal leaders, justice professionals, and various other stakeholders.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this announcement, please contact Kay Chopard Cohen at or Katy Jackman at We look forward to your participation!

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