Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tribal Courts Expand: New Law Gives Tribal Courts Authority To Try Felonies


Tribal courts are largely invisible to non–Indians — but they're about to get more powerful. Federal authorities have traditionally handled the most serious crimes on reservations, but tribal officials say they haven't done enough. And reservations are facing a crisis of violent crime. A new federal law expands the powers of tribal courts. It even allows tribal judges to send people to jail longer. But the courts have a lot to do before they can take advantage of these changes.

Full article can be found here.

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