Crowding Forces Early Releases at Navajo Jail In a recent four-month span in the dusty Navajo reservation town of Chinle, there were more than 2,000 arrests. Of those, only about 20 people served their time, simply because there was nowhere to put them.
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Crowding Forces Early Releases at Navajo Jail

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Crowding Forces Early Releases at Navajo Jail

Crowding Forces Early Releases at Navajo Jail

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In a recent four-month span in the dusty Navajo reservation town of Chinle, there were more than 2,000 arrests.

Of those, only about 20 people served their time, simply because there was nowhere to put them.

The reservation has an acute shortage of jail beds — only 59 — and that means even violent offenders are often cited and released.

Daniel Kraker of member station KNAU reports.