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Publication Tribal Crime Data Collection Activities, 2016-18

Steven W. Perry, Todd Minton, Mark A. Motivans, Ph.D., Suzanne M. Strong, Ph.D., BJS Statisticians

July 31, 2018    NCJ 251673

Describes activities by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to collect and improve data on crime and justice in Indian country, as required by the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (TLOA), including data collection programs and activities, tribal participation in national records and information systems, and the most recent statistical findings on detention facilities in Indian country. This report meets the TLOA requirement to report on BJS's activities for the preceding calendar year.


  • During fiscal year (FY) 2016, BJS held meetings with justice professionals from federal, state, and tribal law enforcement offices to obtain input on the planning and development of the Census of Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies.
  • BJS anticipates releasing findings from the National Survey of Tribal Court Systems in FY 2019.
  • At midyear 2016, an estimated 2,540 inmates were held across 80 Indian country jails, up 1.2% from the 2,510 inmates held at midyear 2015 in 76 facilities.
  • Although males accounted for the largest proportion of the inmate population in Indian country jails from 2000 to 2016, the portion of female jail inmates increased from 20% to 27% during this period.
  • During 2014, a total of 2,648 American Indians or Alaska Natives were arrested by federal law enforcement agencies, 1,417 were sentenced in U.S. district courts, 1,715 entered federal prison, and 1,763 exited federal prison.

Part of the Tribal Crime Data Collection Activities Series

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