Tracking Tribal Crime


Suspects investigated for violent offenses on Native American reservations and in tribal communities represented 23 percent of all federal investigations for violent offenses during fiscal year 2010, according to a recent Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report.

Under the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, BJS is required to collect data on tribal crime and justice. 144 tribal law enforcement agencies from across the U.S. reported that about 72,000 violent and property crimes occurred between 2008 and 2010.

The report notes that currently recorded data on tribal crime is incomplete and that informational gaps include: understanding of issues in “the administration and operations of tribal courts; their annual caseloads; the implementation of TLOA enhancements; and selection criteria for judges, prosecutors, and public defenders.”

Read the report HERE.

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