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Tribal Crime Data Collection Activities, 2021

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July 2021

This report is the 11th in a series that began in 2011 to meet the reporting requirements of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (TLOA). It describes activities by the Bureau of Justice Statistics to collect and improve data on crime and justice in Indian country. It summarizes funding to enhance tribal participation in national records and information systems and highlights data collection activities covering tribal populations.

  • In 2019, about 17% of the tribal law enforcement agencies that reported 12 consecutive months of tribal crime data did so through the National Incident-Based Reporting System, while 83% reported through the Summary Reporting System.
  • In fiscal year (FY) 2018, federal law enforcement agencies arrested 3,231 tribal and nontribal American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIANs), U.S. district courts sentenced 1,469, and federal prisons admitted 1,822 and released 1,895.
  • At midyear 2018, an estimated 2,870 inmates were held in 84 Indian country jails, up 1.8% from the 2,820 inmates held in 84 facilities at midyear 2017.
  • From FY 2012 to FY 2018, the number of AIANs admitted to prison for commitments other than new federal convictions (including for violations of community supervision) increased 24%.

Date Published: July 29, 2021