NEW! JIEM® Training for Tribes

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In August 2004, representatives of American Indian Development Associates and justice officials from the Pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, and Zuni participated in JIEM®-training in Sacramento. The effort, supported by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice, was SEARCH's initial JIEM®-analysis project geared specifically at identifying tribal justice system information exchanges.

The three New Mexico tribes are the first to participate in a JIEM®-analysis effort, and their work will be used as a basis for future work with the tribal justice community. SEARCH hopes to develop a reference model of tribal justice exchanges in order to better facilitate future tribal justice system documentation projects.

At the conclusion of the training session, databases were set up for each of the three Pueblos. They will first document justice exchanges within their respective tribes, and then branch out to document exchanges between the three tribes. SEARCH staff has been working closely over the last several months with contact people from each Pueblo in order to assist in these efforts.

For more background and the latest information about how the New Mexico tribal-state collaboration effort demonstrates a way to both retain tribal sovereignty and improve data sharing across jurisdictions, see Sharing Criminal Record Information Among New Mexico Tribes and State.