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Publication Tribal Crime Data Collection Activities, 2015

Steven W. Perry, Bureau of Justice Statistics

July 14, 2015    NCJ 248785

Describes Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) activities to collect and improve data on crime and justice in Indian country, as required by the Tribal Law and Order Act, 2010. The report summarizes BJSs efforts in 2015 to field a survey on the capabilities and caseloads of tribal court systems; develop a survey of all state and local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors offices serving Indian country; study the handling of American Indian and Alaska Native juvenile and adult criminal cases in the federal justice system; and enhance current funding programs to support tribal participation in regional and national criminal justice databases. It summarizes tribal eligibility for Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant awards from 2008 to 2015, and presents Uniform Crime Reporting Program statistics on offenses reported by tribal law enforcement agencies from 2008 to 2013.


  • BJS released a solicitation to conduct the 2016 National Survey of Tribal Law Enforcement Agenciesthe first BJS statistical collection targeting Bureau of Indian Affairs agencies and tribal law enforcement agencies in the lower 48 states and Alaska.
  • Tribes received $266,348 through the Bureau of Justice Assistances 2015 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.
  • At midyear 2013, a total of 2,287 inmates were confined in 79 Indian country jailsa 3.3% decrease from the 2,364 inmates confined at midyear 2012.
  • At midyear 2014, local jails held about 10,400 American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) inmates (both tribal and nontribal AIAN), which was 1.4% of the total (744,600) jail inmate population. Nearly half (47%) of all AIAN jail inmates were in western states.
  • The number of tribal law enforcement agencies reporting crime data to the FBIs Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program increased from 12 in 2008 to 158 in 2012 and 2013.

Part of the Tribal Crime Data Collection Activities Series

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Full report (PDF 790KB)
ASCII file (37KB)
Comma-delimited format (csv) (Zip format 6KB)

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