The Marshall Project’s Cary Aspinwall and Graham Lee Brewer explored the criminal justice implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent McGirt v. Oklahoma case, which determined that the eastern part of Oklahoma is still Muscogee (Creek) Nation land. The journalists describe how Tribal citizens who were convicted of felonies in state courts can now seek to be retried in U.S. District Court, but how many questions are left unanswered. As Next100 policy entrepreneur Isabel explains, simply changing the jurisdiction in which people are tried won’t necessarily benefit all Native people who go through the criminal justice system. For example, Isabel says:
“Kids are going years without seeing a parent when they have one in federal prison.”
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