Native American Law Center
TRIBAL JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM
The Native American Law Center (NALC) is funded by the Models for Change initiative
at the MacArthur Foundation to engage in research and provide support for reforms
to tribal juvenile justice systems in Washington State. As part of this work, the
Native American Law Center is engaged in several projects.
Model Tribal Juvenile Codes
NALC is developing model tribal juvenile delinquency, truancy and “at risk youth”
codes in partnership with the Kalispel Indian Tribe in northeastern Washington
State. When completed, these codes will be disseminated through the Native American
Law Center’s website.
Remote Representation Project
In partnership with the Quinault Nation, the Native American Law Center,
NALC, is piloting the representation of juveniles via web-based video conferencing.
While in-person representation is the best practice for legal representation, many
tribal communities are too remote to be able to provide attorneys for the defense
of their juveniles involved in their justice system. This project will provide remote
representation through the use of Microsoft Live Meeting software and will also
measure the effectiveness of such representation. At the conclusion of the project,
we will evaluate and publish the best practices for using this type of system.
Association of Tribal Juvenile Justice Professionals
In an attempt to assist information sharing between tribal juvenile justice systems,
NALC plans to provide coordination services to tribal juvenile justice system professionals.
This will include trainings hosted by the NALC using Microsoft Live Meeting and
the podcasting of trainings for later viewing.
Washington State Tribal
Gathering: Tribal Juvenile Justice Enhancement Report
Read our October Newsletter,
NALC Partnership of Juvenile Justice Professionals
View our webinar materials: Working
View our webinar materials Toward a Model
Tribal Youth Code and Model Tribal Youth