Source: (2000) National Victim Assistance Academy. Chapter 3 (“Juvenile Justiceâ€?), section 4. Washington, DC: Office for Victims of Crime (United States Department of Justice).

Collaborative initiatives between state and federal agencies and tribal courts in the United States are taking a serious look at crime, delinquency, and abuse in Indian Country to develop judicial procedures and interventions addressing criminal activity that merge Native American and criminal justice approaches to dispute resolution and sentencing (many of which are based on restorative justice principles and practices). An integral part of the programs is the investigation into the cultural and economic conditions that give rise to higher than average levels of alcoholism and other substance abuse, child abuse, and other violent crimes in Indian Country.

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