Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,478,757)
NORC at the University of Chicago and its partners the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA), and the Tribal Policy and Law Institute (TLPI) propose to conduct the 2022 Census of Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies and Census of Tribal Court Systems (CTLEA-CTCS) on behalf of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The goal of the CTLEA-CTCS is to collect information from tribal law enforcement agencies and justice systems using a core set of questions and an accompanying set of customizable questions that are specific to the type of tribal justice agency. Data will be collected from two organization types, law enforcement agencies and tribal courts, and within each organization, three sub-agencies. NORC, IACP, NAICJA, and TLPI will validate and update the existing universe files of all tribal law enforcement agencies, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) law enforcement agencies and Alaska State Troopers (AST) on behalf of Alaskan Village Public Safety Officers (VPSOs) and as well as validate and update the universe file for all tribally operated court systems in the lower 48, judicial forums in Alaska Native Villages (ANVs), and Code of Federal Regulation Courts (CFR Courts). NORC and partners will also update the directory of federally recognized tribes. Survey questions will be developed in collaboration with BJS, Expert Panel members and tribal justice system experts. Questions will collect information on topics specific to tribal law enforcement and tribal court systems. Two separate multi-mode data collections will occur concurrently, using a strategy that emphasizes web completion, but the survey will also support hardcopy and telephone survey options. Follow up strategies will be conducted via emails, telephone calls, mailings, and faxes. Data files will be submitted to BJS and to the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data. NORC will draft a technical report that will include a summary of all work performed, including survey protocols, data processing procedures, data collection progress, and data file preparation. Additionally, the report will include implication for criminal justice policy and recommendations for future work. All project activities will be conducted over a 48-month timeline.