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Survey of Jails in Indian Country

BJS proposes data collection revisions: Annual Survey of Jails, Deaths in Custody Reporting Program - Local Jails, and Survey of Jails in Indian Country

The Bureau of Justice Statistics encourages comments for 60 days until July 17, 2017, on revisions to currently approved data collections: Annual Survey of Jails, Deaths in Custody Reporting Program - Local Jails, and Survey of Jails in Indian Country. Your comments to BJS's requests to the Office of Management and Budget, published in the Federal Register, should address points such...

Tribal jurisdiction

Tribal law enforcement agencies act as first responders to both felony and misdemeanor crimes. For most of Indian country, the federal government provides felony law enforcement concerning crimes by or against American Indians. Certain areas of Indian country are under Public Law 83-280, as amended. P.L. 280 conferred jurisdiction on certain states over Indian country and suspended enforcement of the Major Crimes Act (18 U.S.C. § 1153) and the General Crimes Act (18 U.S.C. § 1152) in those areas. Indian tribes retain concurrent jurisdiction to enforce laws in Indian country where P.L. 280 applies.

Indian country jails

Indian country adult and juvenile detention centers, jails, and other correctional facilities operated by tribal authorities or the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior.
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Indian country

Statutory term that includes all lands within an Indian reservation, dependent Indian communities, and Indian trust allotments (18 U.S.C. § 1151). Courts interpret section 1151 to include all lands held in trust for tribes or their members. See United States v. Roberts, 185 F.3d 1125 (10th Cir. 1999). Tribal authority to imprison American Indian offenders is limited to one year per offense by statute (25 U.S.C. § 1302), a $5,000 fine, or both.