Hopi Tribe increases sentencing under Tribal Law and Order Act
Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012
The Hopi Tribe
of Arizona is one of the few in Indian Country to take advantage of expanded criminal sentencing under the Tribal Law and Order
The tribe updated its criminal code to allow sentences of up to three years for a single crime or up to nine years for multiple offenses. Previously, punishment was limited to one year under the Indian Civil Rights Act
"The main thing is it will improve our law and order on the reservation, so we have a better way of protecting any victims," Chairman Le Roy Shingoitewa told the Associated Press.
Elsewhere, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
in Oregon also has implemented stricter sentencing.
"It's been working great so far," attorney Brent Leonhard told the AP.
A recent Government Accountability Office
report showed that tribes cited inadequate funding as a major roadblock expanding their sentencing authority.
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Ariz. tribe boosts jail time for reservation crime
GAO Report:None of the Surveyed
Tribes Reported Exercising the New Sentencing Authority, and the Department of
Justice Could Clarify Tribal Eligibility for Certain Grant Funds
(GAO-12-658R, May 30, 2012)Surveys of Grant
Recipients, Select Tribes, and Indigent Defense Providers
No tribes are taking advantage of expanded criminal sentencing
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