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Jails on Navajo Nation among worst in BIA system

There has already been one attempted suicide and one escape at Bureau of Indian Affairs detention facilities on the Navajo Nation.

An 18-year-old man hanged himself in the Chinle Detention Center. But two detention officers were able to revive him before he died.

Separately, a juvenile being held in the Chinle Youth Correctional Facility escaped after being allowed to go home for a ceremony. The youth had been held for a gang-related theft.

The incidents are the latest to add to the Department of Interior's ongoing investigation of BIA jails. Last week, the Office of Inspector General made public an interim report showing inadequate training of officers, suicides, attempted suicides and escapes at facilities on the Navajo Nation.

Get the Story:
BIA: Shiprock, Tohatchi jails among worst (The Farmington Daily Times 7/8)
Man who hanged himself in Chinle jail, is revived (The Gallup Independent 7/7)

Interim Jail Report:
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Senate Hearing :
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Indian Country Jail Reports:
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