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In 2013, the Indian Law and Order Commission released a report titled “A Roadmap For Making Native America Safer.” One chapter in the report examined how the juvenile justice system is failing Native American youth. Native American youth who find themselves in trouble with the law face a jurisdictional maze in a system that is not created to address juveniles. Some tribes have built their own juvenile detention centers, in order to keep incarcerated youth in the community, but is building more jails the best solution? Is incarceration really the answer to help young people whose crimes may be a result of systemic and long-term trauma? In part two of our series on the prison system, we examine the juvenile justice system in Native America.
Addie Rolnick – associate professor of law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas
Kathleen Bliss (Cherokee Nation) – partner at Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith
Mike Guilfoyle (Seneca) – Native American Juvenile Justice Specialist
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