Village of Wainwright Jail

Village of Wainwright Jail Information

Wainwright, situated on Alaska's Arctic coast in the North Slope Borough, is a remote village. With a population of around 556 residents, primarily of Inupiaq Eskimo heritage, the community's way of life revolves around traditional subsistence activities such as hunting, fishing, and gathering, which are vital for their survival. Wainwright's location along the Chukchi Sea provides opportunities for hunting marine mammals and other wildlife. The village is accessible by air and sea but is isolated. The preservation of Inupiaq culture and language is central to Wainwright's identity, making it a culturally significant and unique community in the Arctic wilderness.

Tribe: Village of Wainwright

Phone: 907-763-2535

Physical Address:
Village of Wainwright Jail
1212 Airport Road
Wainwright, AK 99782

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Village of Wainwright Jail
P.O. Box 143
Wainwright, AK 99782

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Understanding US Bureau of Indian Affairs

Because the legal system in ‘Indian Country’ operates outside of the legal jurisdiction of the cities, counties and states where the individual Indian Reservations are located, and the land is wholly owned and governed by the Tribes, the jails and detention centers on those lands are maintained and run by the individual Tribes. The police that provide the security and enforce the laws and the courts that mete out justice are also controlled by the individual Tribes.

There are over 90 jails and detention centers throughout Indian Country, of which, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Office of Justice Services (OJS) staffs and operates a quarter of these facilities. The remainder are operated by Tribes through the PL 93-638, Self-Governance Compacts and a few are fully funded and operated by a tribe. Each jail is unique in operation and location.

Indian Reservation and Tribal laws also fall under the legal jurisdiction of the federal government. If a federal law has been broken, the Department of Justice may get involved. In that case, a convicted person from a crime committed on Indian Lands may be required to serve their time within the BOP (Federal Bureau of Prisons).

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