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Native Americans are Incarcerated at the Highest Rate, New Report Reveals

 

January 11, 2023

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CHICAGO - A newly released report by the MacArthur Foundation shows that Native Americans are incarcerated at a rate 38 percent higher than the national average. 

The report, commissioned as a part of the MacArthur Foundation's commissioned as part of its Safety and Justice Challenge, also found that Native Americans were overrepresented in the prison population in 19 states compared to any other race and ethnicity. 

"Like many modern challenges in Indian Country, over-incarceration of Indigenous people is intimately tied to colonial violence and upheld by policies throughout the years," Dr. Ciara Hansen, currently a clinical psychologist in the Iina' Counseling Services department at Northern Navajo Medical Center and author of the report, said in a statement. "Paternalistic solutions applied to Native communities often miss the important step of seeking to understand the issue from the community's perspective. This report offers a starting point for discussion and knowledge sharing."

https://nativenewsonline.net/currents/native-americans-are-incarcerated-at-the-highest-rate-new-report-reveals

 

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