Natives incarcerated at alarming rates, report shows

KOLBY KICKINGWOMAN Indian Country Today

A new report released Tuesday shows that Native American people are incarcerated at rates up to seven times higher than white people in the United States.

The report, “Over-incarceration of Native Americans: Roots, Inequities, and Solutions” was released through the MacArthur Foundation and highlights the alarming incarceration disparities can be based on race and ethnicity.

Further, American Indians and Alaska Natives are overrepresented in the prison population in 19 states and are sentenced more harshly compared to White, African American and Hispanic people.

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The report was written by Ciara Hansen, Shawnee and Cherokee, Desiree Fox, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and Ann Miller, an attorney with the Tribal Defenders Office of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The report both highlights the inequality of the American justice system, but also highlights the progress that tribes are making to address the issue.

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Hansen said it was important to publish the report and it is a great step at addressing and examining the issue of over-incarceration of Native people.

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