South Dakota leads the nation for federal prosecutions of Native Americans.
South Dakota leads the nation for federal prosecutions of Native Americans.
Apr 14, 2015

SD Tops For Federal Criminal Cases Against Native Americans

More Native Americans are prosecuted in federal criminal court in South Dakota than in any other federal court district in the nation, according to a report issued recently by the U.S. Sentencing Commission of the U.S. Justice Department. (The two-page report is attached below.)

In 2014, 293 Native Americans were federally prosecuted in South Dakota, compared to 272 in Arizona, 105 in New Mexico, 99 in Montana and 60 in North Dakota.

In addition to leading the nation for prosecuting Native Americans, the South Dakota court district also leads for the overal proportion of federal offenders who are Native American. In South Dakota, more than 56 percent of federal offenders are Native, compared to 33 percent in Montana, 26 percent in eastern Oklahoma, 18 percent in North Dakota and more than 12 percent in northern Oklahoma.

Nationwide, most Native offenders are male (78.6 percent); almost half have "little or no" criminal history (45.7 percent) and most were sentenced to prison terms (88.1 percent). 


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