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Publication Jails in Indian Country, 2009

Todd D. Minton, Bureau of Justice Statistics

February 24, 2011    NCJ 232223

Presents findings from the 2009 Survey of Jails in Indian Country, an enumeration of 80 jails, confinement facilities, detention centers, and other facilities operated by tribal authorities or the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The report 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 2009. It also summarizes rated capacity, facility crowding, and jail staffing. 

See also Jails in indian Country, 2009: Selected Findings.


  • The number of inmates confined in Indian country jails increased by 1.9% between midyear 2008 and 2009, reaching 2,176 inmates.
  • Over the 12 months ending June 2009, the average daily jail population in Indian country increased by 12%, and the percentage of occupied bed space increased from 64.2% to 73.5%.
  • During June 2009, the number of inmates admitted into Indian country jails (11,357) was about 5 times the size of the average daily population (2,124).

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