Construction of new tribal correctional facility approved
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs has been approved for the construction of a new tribal corrections facility.
According to a press release from Warm Springs Tribal Police Department Chief of Police Bill Elliott, the Department of the Interior, Department of Facilities Management and Construction Indian Affairs Office notified the Tribal Police Department June 1.
This decision comes after a yearlong shutdown of the current correctional facility due to maintenance and safety issues concerning inmates and staff. The Tribe is currently awaiting the start of the initial consultation phase of this process, at which time matters such as the exact layout and possible location sites for this facility will be discussed, Elliott said.
As part of their federal responsibility to public safety on tribal lands throughout the United States, the U.S. Government, through Congressional appropriations, selects these types of projects for a certain number of tribes annually who can demonstrate the need.
Elliott said it is the intent of the WSTPD, who administers the corrections program on the Warm Springs Reservation, to have a facility that provides a safe environment for both inmates and staff and is capable of handling issues such as areas to contain possible outbreaks of contagious diseases, and handle the most vulnerable of the Tribe's population, providing access to mental health and other services to assist in options to incarcerations and/or rehabilitation.
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