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Navajo Nation jail catches fire, escape at another


A jail on the Navajo Nation caught fire last week while another on the reservation saw an inmate escape, The Gallup Independent reports.

The Tuba City Detention Center suffered an electrical fire last Friday. The facility is in the process of being closed due to health and safety concerns.

Meanwhile, an inmate at the tribe's main detention facility in Window Rock allegedly beat up two guards and escaped. It is not clear whether the man was recapatured.

Jails on the Navajo Nation are among the worst in the Bureau of Indian Affairs system, according to a report from the Department of Interior's inspector general.

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Tuba City jail unit catches fire (The Gallup Independent 1/20)

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Department of Justice Jail Reports:
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