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Oversight Hearing on Issues and Problems Related to the Conditions in Indian Tribal Detention Facilities

This document includes the transcript from a hearing by Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on the conditions on Tribal Detention Facilities. Statements were made by various Senators, tribal organizations, and staffers from the U.S. Department of the Interior. This document also has supporting documentation provided that was relevant to the hearing.

The State of Indian Jails in America

The following analysis examines the history of the nation's Indian jails and their current condition as outlined in the DOI inspector general's September 2004 report, along with the response of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the recommendations made by the DOI inspector general. As Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., remarked after reading the DOI inspector general's report, the "conditions [in Indian jails] are unacceptable. They must be fixed. [America] cannot fight for human rights abroad, if we fail to protect them at home. In these facilities, we have failed.”

Neither Safe Nor Secure: An Assessment of Indian Detention Centers

Findings and recommendations regarding the conditions of detention facilities in Indian Country are presented. This report discusses oversight and coordination of the facility, safety and security, detention facility staffing, detention facility maintenance, funding of the detention program, detention program training, juveniles housed at adult facilities, overcrowding, policies and procedures, and positive findings in the detention program.