Congress calls for a new investigator to take charge after a rise of inmate deaths in tribal detention centers
Tribal detention centers in this country are getting a lot of criticism lately due to the relatively high number of inmate deaths that happened over the last several years.
That’s led the Department of the Interior to hire a special investigator to look into what went wrong.
But the person they hired to lead the investigation was part of a team that oversaw those detention centers. Under the watch of Darren Cruzan, who retired in May 2021, 7 of the 16 recorded deaths occurred. Two of the deaths happened in a tribal detention center in Owyhee, about 100 miles north of Elko.
And late Thursday night, Several members of congress called for a do-over to hire the special investigator.
Nate Hegyi, Roving Reporter, Mountain West News Bureau