At midyear 2007, 2,163 inmates were confined in Indian Country, up from 1,745 inmates (24 percent) at midyear 2004.

Author:Gormsen, Lia
Position::Inter Alia - Brief article
 
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At midyear 2007, 2,163 inmates were confined in Indian Country, up from 1,745 inmates (24 percent) at midyear 2004, reported the Bureau of Justice Statistics in Jails in Indian Country, 2007, by Todd D. Minton. The count was based on data from 83 facilities, including jails, confinement facilities, detention centers, in Indian Country at midyear, up from 68 facilities at midyear 2004. During the three-year period, seven facilities closed, 21 facilities were newly constructed, and one facility that was closed in 2004 reopened and was included in the survey. Data were estimated for four facilities that did not respond.

The report also found that the number of American Indians and Alaska Natives confined outside of Indian Country was four times greater than the number held in Indian Country jails at midyear 2007. After a decline in the Indian Country jail population between 2000 and 2003, the number of inmates in Indian Country jails has generally increased. Other findings include:

* Bed space for inmates grew...

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