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Publication Jails in Indian Country, 2007

Todd D. Minton

November 7, 2008    NCJ 223760

Presents findings from the 2007 Survey of Jails in Indian Country, an enumeration of 83 jails, confinement facilities, detention centers, and other facilities operated by tribal authorities or the Bureau of Indian Affairs. It includes data on the number of adults and juveniles held, type of offense, number of persons confined on the last weekday of each month, average daily population, peak population, and admissions in June 2007. The Bulletin summarizes rated capacity, facility crowding, and jail staffing. Based on an addendum to the 2007 survey, data are presented on inmate medical and mental health services, suicide prevention, substance dependency programs, domestic violence counseling, sex offender treatment, educational programs, and inmate work assignments.


  • Eighty-three jails in Indian country held an estimated 2,163 inmates at midyear 2007, up from 1,745 inmates held in 68 facilities at midyear 2004.
  • About 4 in 10 inmates were confined for a violent offense at midyear 2007. This included 20% for domestic violence, 13% for aggravated or simple assault, 2% for rape or sexual assault, and 6% for other violent offenses.
  • In the month of June 2007, the 79 jails in Indian country that responded to the survey admitted 12,490 inmates. Combined, the 79 facilities had about 158 admissions per month on average.

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