Pueblo of Taos Jail

Pueblo of Taos Jail Information

Taos Pueblo was an important centre of trade and communication between American Indian groups, and later between the Indians and the Spanish, from its inception. The Taos called themselves "the people." Taos Pueblo is known as Tua-tah in Tiwa, which means "our village."

Tribe: Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico

Phone: 575-758-1028

Physical Address:
Pueblo of Taos Jail
120A Veterans Hwy
Taos, NM 87571

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's First and Last Name
Pueblo of Taos Jail
P.O. Box 1846
Taos, NM 87571

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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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