Navajo breaks ground on public safety complex

Crowpoint, New Mexico (AP) December 2010

Navajo Nation officials are breaking ground on a public safety complex in northwestern New Mexico.

The $38 million facility will house the district court, a jail, and offices for law enforcement, probation officials, prosecutors and public defenders.

Another larger public safety complex is being built in Tuba City on the western side of the reservation in Arizona.

The facilities are expected to ease concerns stemming from a lack of jail space.

Police and corrections officials on the reservation have long struggled with tiny, run-down jails that mean few, if any, of the people booked serve their full sentences.