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NCJ Number: NCJ 207148     Find in a Library
Title: Neither Safe Nor Secure: An Assessment of Indian Detention Facilities
  Document URL: PDF 
Corporate Author: US Dept of the Interior
Bureau of Indian Affairs
United States of America
Date Published: 09/2004
Page Count: 63
  Annotation: This report provides results and recommendations of an assessment conducted in 2003 of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) detention program to determine the safety and security of Indian country detention facilities.
Abstract: For many years, Indian country detention facilities funded and operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) have been found understaffed, overcrowded, and under funded. In 2003, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) requested an assessment of BIA’s detention facility program to examine law enforcement and security programs. The focus was to determine if Indian country detention facilities were safe and secure. This assessment consisted of conducting 27 site visits at detention facilities, analyzing hundreds of detention and budget records, and conducting over 150 interviews with BIA tribal officials. The report is divided into eight sections with recommendations presented in each of the areas. The sections include: oversight and coordination, safety and security, staffing, facility maintenance, program funding, training, and other related areas, such as the housing of juveniles, overcrowding, policies and procedures, and liability. The overall results of the assessment found that BIA had failed their responsibility for providing safe and secure detention facilities with the detention program having been ignored by the BIA managers. It was believed that BIA was not effectively utilizing the funds provided. Overall, the assessment found evidence of a continuing crisis of inaction, indifference, and mismanagement throughout the detention program. Recommendations were presented to improve the security, safety, and effectiveness of detention facilities in Indian country. Appendix
Main Term(s): Jails
Index Term(s): Facility security ; Detention ; Facility conditions ; Correctional facilities ; Bureau of Indian Affairs ; Indian affairs ; American Indians ; Correctional institutions (adult)
Publication Number: 2004-I-0056
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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