Enhanced Sentencing in Tribal Courts: Lessons Learned from Tribes   [open pdf - 5MB]

From the Conclusion: "Tribes considering implementation of enhanced sentencing authorized by TLOA [Tribal Law & Order Act of 2010] face a number of considerations and challenges; none of which are insurmountable. The tribes at the forefront of these changes serve as a valuable resource to other tribes planning to make the same changes in their own communities. The successes and difficulties faced by these tribes offer a lesson in perseverance to further develop the jurisdiction of their courts. Tribal government involvement at all levels and community support for this transformative process are fundamental in securing a positive move forward. Tribes may encounter additional barriers in financing this evolution of the tribal justice system, but support through competitive grant funding can be found through DOJ [U.S. Department of Justice] and BIA [ Bureau of Indian Affairs]. Tribes may also choose to access other funding streams through their governmental budgets. TLOA offers tribes an opportunity to strengthen their justice systems and emphasize their commitment to providing their citizens with a higher level of justice."

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