Tribal Court Finishes Assessment of the Criminal Justice System on Saint Regis Mohawk Reservation
Aug 22, 2016
Community Presentation at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 31 in the Community Building Lobby
Akwesasne, NY — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court has finished a community assessment of the criminal justice system surrounding the Saint Regis Mohawk Indian Reservation. The assessment is part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice that commissioned a report for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court, titled “Assessment of the Criminal Justice System on the St. Regis Mohawk Indian Reservation.” The grant project examined whether or not the Saint Regis Mohawk Indian Reservation should consider creating its own incarceration facility.
While the assessment itself does not give a recommendation for the Saint Regis Mohawk Indian Reservation to have its own incarceration facility, it does recommend that the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe conduct a community review to determine if a jail facility is desired.
Other recommendations of the assessment include;
- The implementation of a tribal prosecutor,
- The creation of a tribal criminal code,
- The creation and empowering of a tribal probation department, and
- The creation of a tribal public defender position/office.
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court will be holding a community presentation on the criminal justice assessment on Seskéha/August 31, 2016 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Community Building Lobby, located at 412 State Route 37 in Akwesasne, New York.
For more information on the community assessment, please contact Tribal Court Administrator Phillip Barreiro by calling (518) 358-6300.