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NWPR: Umatilla Tribes implement tougher criminal sentencing





"A tribal court on the Umatilla Indian Reservation is one of the first to hand down a long prison term under new tougher criminal sentencing laws enacted by Congress in 2010.

It used to be that tribes could only sentence a Native American criminal to up to one year of jail time, no matter the crime. Typically the U.S. Justice Department was called in for everything else, but many cases were dropped.

Now, tribal courts have the power to sentence native criminals who commit crimes on a reservation up to three years per count, for up to nine years."

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Northwest Tribes Begin To Try Reservation Crime Cases Under Tougher Laws