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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