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Death And Neglect At Federal Tribal Jails

At least 19 people have died in tribal jails overseen by the federal government since 2016, according to an investigation by NPR and the Mountain West News Bureau. As part of the bureau’s ongoing coverage of mistreatment of inmates on reservations, this four-part series highlights some of the victims and the circumstances around their deaths, which reflect decades of mismanagement, neglect and poor training.

This series was produced by the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration between Wyoming Public Media, Boise State Public Radio in Idaho, KUNR and KNPR in Nevada, the O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West in Montana, KUNC in Colorado and KUNM in New Mexico. Support for this series comes from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit news organization that partners with journalists and newsrooms to support in-depth reporting and education around the globe.