Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

Senators Tester & Franken Push Tribal Healing with Criminal Justice Reform Bill


The prosecution of alcohol and drug offenses, also known as non-violent crimes, have contributed mightily to the overcrowding of U.S. prisons. This is an issue the Native American community fully understands. The judicial system and its ways of dealing with non-violent crimes has been an issue for years, and recently Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) called the criminal justice system “broken.”

Tester, along with fellow Senator Al Franken (D-MN) introduced new legislation on October 22 that has criminal justice reform at the heart of it. The legislation will further establish and fund treatment courts in Indian country.



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