National Director of Native Services Unit Testifies on Behalf of Tribal Juvenile Justice

Carla Knapp, National Director of the Native Services Unit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, testified in Washington D.C. before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in support of legislative fixes and funding changes to clarify tribal authority involvement regarding juvenile justice. In a testimony adamantly maintaining that incarcerating Native American juveniles does more harm than good, Committee Chairman John Barrasso of Wyoming praised Carla’s work as National Director. In her testimony, Carla emphasized the importance of preventive intervention facilities and programs that the Boys & Girls Clubs can offer. Stating that in an informal survey of former members, 57% said that the Clubs saved their lives, and they meant this literally, Carla’s testimony put a spotlight on the impact facilities like Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of at risk youth.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America has 171 sites established across the country serving Indian country with efforts in place to expand to 200 sites.

For more details on the full testimony, read the press release here.

Hearing Panelists

The Honorable Robert L. Listenbee
Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Darren Cruzan
Director, Office of Justice Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

Ms. Addie C. Rolnick
Associate Professor, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

Ms. Carla Knapp
National Director of Native Services, Boys & Girls Club of America, Fort Myers, FL