Round Valley Indian Tribal Jail

Round Valley Indian Tribal Jail Information

The Round Valley Indian reserve is a federally recognised Indian reserve in northern Mendocino County, California, located in the United States. A little portion of it stretches north into Trinity County. The overall land area, including trust land off-reservation, is 93.939 km2 (36.270 sq mi).

Tribe: Round Valley Indian Tribes, Round Valley Reservation, California [previously listed as Round Valley Indian Tribes of the Round Valley Reservation, California]

Phone: 707-983-6126

Physical Address:
Round Valley Indian Tribal Jail
77826 Covelo Road
Covelo, CA 95428

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Round Valley Indian Tribal Jail
P.O. Box 448
Covelo, CA 95428

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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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