ST. MICHAELS, Ariz. – A new report shows federal prosecutors are declining 50 percent of cases from American Indian reservations, and the figure is higher for sexual abuse cases.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office report released Monday analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Justice over five years.
It found U.S. attorneys offices resolved 9,000 of the 10,000 cases they received. But in half of those resolutions, the cases were declined for prosecution for reasons that included weak and insufficient evidence.
The declination rate for sexual abuse cases was highest at 67 percent.
South Dakota U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says the figures don't mean perpetrators are going unpunished. He says some of the cases involve crimes that don't fall under federal jurisdiction and are prosecuted in tribal courts.
The Snooper Report.
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