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Tribal Juvenile Justice


Date: November 8 - 9, 2018
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Hotel: Embassy Suites (4315 Swenson St.)
  For a room rate of $125, please call 702-795-2800 and mention you’re with the Falmouth Institute. To book your room online, please click here.
Tuition:   $809

Native youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system face unique challenges, including the possibility of being prosecuted in three distinct justice systems: federal, state or tribal – and being subject to transfer to adult court within any of these systems. Meanwhile, some tribal communities have no tribal juvenile court system or juvenile code, and oftentimes lack the supporting service delivery system necessary to meet the specific needs of their youth who come in contact with the juvenile justice system.

In this important class, we’ll examine the issues facing Native youth in the juvenile justice system, explore alternatives to incarceration, look at examples of successful tribal programs, discuss how to work effectively with states on tribal justice issues, and review strategies for implementing a program for juvenile justice alternatives within your tribe.


T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Issues Facing Native Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
  • Historical impacts
  • Overrepresentation in incarceration populations
  • Exposure to violence
  • Disconnect between Western and Native systems of juvenile justice
  • Jurisdictional maze
  • Findings and recommendations from the Attorney General and Indian Law and Order Commission
Alternatives to Incarceration in Juvenile Justice
  • Why should we look for alternatives to incarceration?
  • Community-based solutions
  • Culturally-specific alternatives
  • Trauma-informed approaches
Successful Tribal Programs
  • Case studies of juvenile justice alternatives
  • Best practices learned from these programs
  • Sample juvenile justice codes
Importance and Role of Youth Counsel
  • Adequately advise the youth
  • Mitigate re-traumatization by the system
  • Intervene with the youth's family and tribe to protect the youth's rights
  • Help the youth recognize the need for accountability
  • Promote assessment
  • Be an advocate for fairness and rehabilitation
How to Implement a Juvenile Justice Alternatives Program within Your Tribe
  • Taking a closer look at programs that were implemented using existing tribal resources
  • How to get buy-in from all tribal stakeholders
  • Tracking and monitoring the program's success
  • Incorporating tribal culture and identity into the program
Working with States on Tribal Juvenile Justice
  • Tips on working with state stakeholders
  • Effective coordination and cooperation
  • The intersection of ICWA and juvenile justice
  • Reaching out to Native youth in the state juvenile justice system

*Topics subject to change.

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