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Passamaquoddy Tribe studies criminal justice system

The Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine has completed an 18-month study of the impact of the criminal justice system on its community.

The tribe, working with the American Friends Service Committee, found that 7.2 percent of its population has been sentenced to state prison terms within the last two years. In comparison, only 1.5 percent of the entire population of Maine is serving time.

Tribal members said they were mistreated and subject to sexual and physical abuse at overcrowded local detention centers. One tribal member who had diabetes and an amputated leg died because he wasn't given adequate treatment, the study reported.

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Panel charges Passamaquoddy inmates abused (The Bangor Daily News 3/2)

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