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Vol. XXVII, Nos. 552 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY March 31, 2001

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Money talks, but not much; a prophecy fulfilled; worth the weight; car tunes; just press “clear”; now you see them, now you don’t.
It takes a county: Fla. sheriffs get good reviews for handling child abuse.
Just the facts: Police agencies & the media square off over information access.
Anybody home? Amid abuses, HUD suspends the Officer Next Door program.
More than a number: Young Mass. troopers seek return of mandatory retirement age.
The dead pool: Line-of-duty deaths drop sharply.
Outdoing themselves: American Indians pay a disproportionate price in violent-crime victimization.
Stormy petrol: Gasoline-sniffing is a worrisome craze in Canada.
You’ve got hate mail: Vulgar & racist e-mails bedevil DC police.
Riverside oversight: The California A-G will have a look-see.
Ending the abuse: Federal monitor gets the call in NY town.
Forum: Old & new paths to achieving justice.
Eager beavers: Florida town pulls in the reins on overzealous police volunteers.

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Old & new paths to achieving justice

      In the summer, Chinle, Ariz., is a busy tourist town, the entry point to Canyon de Chelly National Monument of the Navajo Nation. Year round, it is also a district seat of the Navajo Nation Courts and accompanying social service agencies for local chapter houses of the Navajo community.
      On the road leading to Canyon de Chelly is an imposing modern building, instantly out of place in the row of small, modest houses used by the Navajo government for various community and social welfare programs. This soon-to-be-functioning, federally funded, detention center for Navajo youth speaks to the conflicts and contradictions in addressing crime in Native American communities. Two systems of law and two systems for dealing with crime exist side by side in this community, with the Navajo judiciary actively developing both its own common law and its own traditional approaches to resolving conflicts in the face of the continued presence of the federal model and federal funds directed to maintaining it...