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September 21st, 2009
Over $25M in Recovery Act Funding Goes to Two Arizona Tribes for Correctional Facilities

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva is pleased to announce that two tribes in Congressional District 7 will receive over $25 million for correctional facilities on Tribal Lands from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan (ARRA).

Under the Recovery Act, the Renovation of Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands Discretionary Grant Program will assist tribes in developing strategies to cost effectively construct or renovate existing facilities associated with the incarceration and rehabilitation of juvenile and adult offenders in tribal custody. Planning is critical to ensure that new and renovated facilities are appropriately designed for the intended population, supportive of cultural and traditional values and in compliance regarding correctional operations.

The Colorado River Indian Tribes will receive $4,561,213 to construct and establish a new juvenile detention facility.

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe will receive $20,849,173 to construct a Multi-Purpose Justice Center. The construction of this facility will include a twenty bed detention holding area and an alternative program for behavioral health and treatment.

“The funding that local law enforcement agencies receive through these programs has become imperative for managing crime and for keeping our communities safe,” said Grijalva. “These grants will help ensure Tribal Nations can make the concerted efforts necessary to protect the community and receive long-term economic development.”

The ARRA includes $4 billion in Department of Justice grant funding to enhance state, local, and tribal law enforcement efforts, including the hiring of new police officers, to combat violence against women, and to fight internet crimes against children.

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