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Native youth arrested more often in South Dakota
Native American youth in South Dakota are more than twice as likely to be arrested than whites, according to 2004 data from the Council of Juvenile Services.

Arrest rates for Native youth were 2.39 times higher than those for whites. The rates for African-American youth were 2.32 times higher.

Prior reports have shown that Native adults are arrested more often and treated more harshly in the state's justice system despite committing no more crimes per capita than whites.

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3 S.D. cities explore youth crime, race (The SIoux Falls Argus Leader 1/23)

Equal Justice Commission Final Report:
Report and Recommendations (January 2006)

Justice System Study:
Justice In South Dakota: Does Race Make A Difference? (October 2002)

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