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Justice system report slams Alberta for hiding Indigenous incarceration rates

Number of Indigenous people in prison now a human rights issue says Correctional Investigator

hi-bc-120604-prison-cellsby Todd Lamirande, APTN National News, Oct 31, 2017

Canada’s Correctional Investigator said the number of Indigenous people locked up in prisons across the country is now a human rights issue.

“That the incarceration rate for Indigenous people keeps climbing year after year after year, relentlessly,” said Zinger. Read the rest of this entry

Aboriginal women now make up one-third of Canadian female prison population

prison cells 1Poverty-related crimes are becoming ‘life-sentences’ for aboriginal women, NWAC says

CBC News, May 27, 2015

The number of aboriginal women in Canadian prisons is on the rise, according to the federal prison watchdog and the Native Women’s Association of Canada wants justice officials to do something about it.

Women of aboriginal decent now make up more than 35 per cent of the female prison population, Howard Sapers, Correctional Investigator of Canada, told CBC News this week. Aboriginal women represent about four per cent of the general population. Read the rest of this entry