Neither Safe Nor Secure: An Assessment of Indian Detention Facilities   [open pdf - 842KB]

"The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) operates or funds detention facilities throughout Indian Country. For many years and in multiple forums, the BIA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have found these facilities to be understaffed, overcrowded, and underfunded. During the course of other work conducted by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), we received numerous anecdotal reports that reaffirmed these findings - years later. Therefore, as part of the ongoing effort of the OIG to examine law enforcement and security programs within the Department of the Interior (DOI or the Department), BIA's detention program was selected for assessment in 2003. The OIG, Program Integrity Division, began the assessment of Indian Country detention facilities in September 2003. The focus of our assessment was to detem1ine if Indian Country detention facilities were safe and secure, and if BIA appropriately used the funds it received to operate the detention program. We conducted actual site visits at 27 detention facilities (also referred to as j ails), scrutinized hundreds of detention and budget records, and conducted more than 150 interviews with BIA and tribal officials, as well as local and federal detention professionals throughout the United States."

Report Number:
Report No. 2004-I-0056
Public Domain
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United States. Dept. of the Interior. Office of Inspector General: http://www.doioig.gov/
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