Penobscot Nation Tribal Jail

Penobscot Nation Tribal Jail Information

The Penobscot Nation, historically known as the Penobscot Tribe of Maine, is the United States' federally recognised Penobscot tribe. They are part of the Wabanaki Confederacy, together with the Abenaki, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, and Mikmaq people, all of whom spoke Algonquian languages historically.

Tribe: Penobscot Nation [previously listed as Penobscot Tribe of Maine]

Phone: 207-827-3415

Physical Address:
Penobscot Nation Tribal Jail
6 Down Street
Indian Island, ME 04468

Mailing Address (personal mail):
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Penobscot Nation Tribal Jail
12 Wabanaki Way
Indian Island, ME 04468

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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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