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NCJ Number: 42455 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: JUSTICE IN FLAGSTAFF - ARE THESE RIGHTS INALIENABLE?
Corporate Author: US Cmssn on Civil Rights
Arizona Advisory Cmtte
United States of America
Project Director: S H WITT
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 77
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Cmssn on Civil Rights
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS REPORT PRESENTS THE FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS FROM THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE'S INVESTIGATION OF THE TREATMENT INDIANS RECEIVE FROM ARREST THROUGH SENTENCING IN FLAGSTAFF, THE CITY BEST ILLUSTRATING THE PROBLEMS.
Abstract: THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE GENERALLY CONCLUDED THAT THE ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN FLAGSTAFF IS NOT ALWAYS EQUAL FOR ALL PERSONS REGARDLESS OF RACE. THE COMMITTEE FOUND DEFICIENCIES WHICH IT BELIEVES CAN BE RECTIFIED WITH A MINIMUM OF EFFORT BY THE STATE AND THE CITY. SPECIFICALLY, THE COMMITTEE JUDGED THAT UNNECESSARY ARRESTS ARE MADE OF INTOXICATED PERSONS; WHILE THE STATE AND THE CITY HAVE FAILED TO ENSURE THE FUNDING OF LOCAL ALCOHOLISM RECEPTION CENTERS. OF PERSONS ARRESTED FOR MINOR TRAFFIC OFFENSES, IT WAS FOUND THAT THE CITY ILLEGALLY REQUIRES BOND ONLY FROM AMERICAN INDIANS. IT WAS FURTHER DISCOVERED THAT NONLAWYER MAGISTRATES FAIL TO ADVISE DEFENDANTS FULLY OF THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS. IT IS URGED THAT A FULLTIME COURT INTERPRETER BE EMPLOYED FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE INDIANS WHO DO NOT SPEAK ENGLISH. THE CREATION OF A STATEWIDE PUBLIC DEFENDER SYSTEM IS RECOMMENDED, AND IT IS SUGGESTED THAT COURTS TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE THAT AMERICAN INDIANS ARE NOT EXCLUDED FROM JURIES. SINCE THE ABUSE OF ALCOHOL WAS FOUND TO BE A CENTRAL FACTOR IN THE INDIAN'S ENCOUNTER WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, THE COMMITTEE URGES THE USE OF FEDERAL SUBSIDIES TO HELP FUND LOCAL ALCOHOLISM RECEPTION CENTERS....RCB
Index Term(s): Alcoholism; Arizona; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Decriminalization; Indian justice; Race relations; Reform
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