Federal prisons to accept tribal offenders through pilot program
As part of the new Tribal Law and Order Act, federal prisons will start accepting certain tribal offenders.

The law allows any federally recognized tribe to request incarceration by the Bureau of Prisons for a person convicted of a "violent crime" comparable to those listed in 18 U.S.C. 1153(a). Examples include murder, manslaughter, sexual abuse and felony child abuse, according to the agency.

The BOP will house a maximum of 100 tribal offenders at any one point. The pilot program will end November 26, 2014.

"The launch of the Bureau of Prisons pilot program is an important step forward in addressing violent offenders and under-resourced correctional facilities in Indian country," said Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli.

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Press Release: Bureau of Prisons Implements Key Provision of Tribal Law and Order Act with Pilot Program to Incarcerate Tribal Prisoners in Federal Prisons (DOJ 11/26)