DOJ Press Release letterhead

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/
Office of Justice Programs
Contact: Laura C. Keehner
Phone: (202) 305-5840
TTY: (202) 514-1888

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES NEW TRIBAL JUSTICE AND SAFETY WEB SITE

       Washington –– The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today announced the launch of a new Tribal Justice and Safety Web site, http://www.usdoj.gov/tribaljusticeandsafety. The Internet home page will be a resource for American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and communities, and will help the general public and other federal agencies to better understand the resources available for improving safety in Native American communities.

I am honored to deliver the promise that I made to provide a ‘one stop shop’ that will enhance the prevention of and response to crime and the administration of justice in Indian country,” said Regina B. Schofield, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs.  “This will serve as a medium for talking about promising practices across the nation. Crime knows no boundaries, and the Tribal Justice and Safety Web site is another way we are using technology to prevent crime and violence from taking root in our communities.

The site serves as a single source of information about courts, corrections, law enforcement, crime statistics, crime prevention, legal and other public safety issues.  It also provides a resource for tribal communities to solicit information about how the Department can meet their informational, training, and funding needs.

OJP has long provided critical support to tribes in such areas as victim and youth services, criminal justice enhancements and alcohol and substance abuse prevention. Through the Justice Programs Council on Native American Affairs, which Assistant Attorney General Schofield established last year, OJP is working to coordinate all of the Department's crime prevention efforts on behalf of Native American tribes.  Now both the Council and the new Web site will work to determine how the Department can best serve tribal communities. 

Assistant Attorney General Schofield noted that “Only by committing ourselves to a sustained and strategic response to crime and violence in Indian country can tribes realize the dream of safe and peaceful communities.” 

OJP provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP is comprised of 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 Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy and OJP’s American Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Desk.  More information can be found at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/.

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