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Feds Suggest Counseling Over Detention for Tribal Youth


The federal government recommends Native American children's courts dole out treatment, counseling and foster care instead of fines and detention, a change in tribal guidelines that reflects a national shift in juvenile justice reform.

The Interior, Justice and Health and Human Services departments released their guidelines Monday, updating a three-decade-old juvenile justice code and suggesting detention should be a last resort for tribal youth, especially runaways and those who struggle with addiction or truancy.

Young Native Americans made up as much as 8 percent of detainees in Indian Country jails in 2014, and roughly half the small number of juveniles in federal custody between 1999 and 2008, the most recent available statistics show.


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