Experiences with incorporating culture into Tribal Green Reentry Programs
Since October 2009 three American Indian tribes—the Hualapai Tribe in Arizona, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) in Mississippi, and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (RST) in South Dakota—have been implementing community-based reentry initiatives through the “Tribal Juvenile Detention and Reentry Green Demonstration (“Green Reentry”) Program” funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). These programs are designed to help tribal youth successfully reintegrate into their communities upon release from confinement and/or to address problems causing tribal youth referral to the program. The programs serve justice-involved youth through innovative approaches that combine traditional reentry interventions, such as individual assessment, education, counseling, and reentry planning, with “green” activities such as gardening, beekeeping, hydroponics, and skill development in green technologies. These three programs are also participating in a cross-site evaluation being conducted by RTI International and American Indian Development Associates, LLC. The evaluation includes a process evaluation that describes the implementation experiences of the demonstration grantees, and an outcome evaluation that will determine the effectiveness of the programs. For detailed information about the Tribal Green Reentry Programs, please see http://www.rti.org/pubs/topicalbrief1_final_feb2013.pdf.