Cherokee Nation Launches New Criminal Justice Task Force

Cherokee nation leaders announced the creation of a new task force examining criminal sentencing reform, enhancing the tribe’s existing “reentry” program and evaluating the tribe’s detention facility, Fox 23 reports. “Since we seized opportunities to assert tribal sovereignty under the historic McGirt decision, our goal has not been to merely build up our criminal justice system, but to build the best possible criminal justice system,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. The Cherokee Nation said it’s scaled up its criminal justice system since the Supreme Court’s decision on McGirt and has filed 10,319 felony or misdemeanor cases in Cherokee Nation District Court. Hoskin and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner have set a deadline of Feb. 1, 2024 for the task force to look at sentencing reform and the reentry program.


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