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Rapid City Journal
August 5, 2010

Program targets crime in tribal communities
By Mary Garrigan

Past studies by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse show that the U.S. Attorney's office in South Dakota declined to prosecute 76 percent of the 2,625 major crimes on reservations that were referred to it between fiscal years 2004 and 2007. That study gave South Dakota one of the highest declination rates in the country and by far the largest number of declined cases - 1,995 -- of any of the federal districts during that time period. The national declination rate on reservation crime was 62 percent at that time, and Arizona's rate -- another district with large Native American reservations -- was 50 percent.

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