Jail building booms in Indian country
jail beds are on the rise in tribal areas, paired with a lack of effort to reduce incarceration, reports the Prison Policy Initiative
Jails in Indian country rose from 68 in 2000 to 84 in 2018 - an almost 24% increase
The number of people incarcerated grew by over 1,000 people, or about 60% despite the number of people living in these areas barely changing
As of 2018, 35% of Indian country jails still hold more people than their capacity
The amount of people held pretrial in Indian country jails increased by 80% increase from 1999 to 2018
The average length of stay in Indian country jails has doubled since 2002
The impacts of increasing the capacity to incarcerate more people in tribal areas:
Read the full report from Prison Policy Initiative here.
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