Prison watchdog says more than a quarter of federal inmates are aboriginal people – CBC

Prison watchdog says more than a quarter of federal inmates are aboriginal people – CBC

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 2016311 Views

Howard Sapers, Canada’s correctional investigator, says efforts to curb high numbers not working

Jan 14, 2016

For the first time, more than a quarter of inmates in Canadian prisons are aboriginal people.

“The most current figure we have is quite shocking,” said Correctional Investigator of Canada Howard Sapers, the country’s prison ombudsman.

“In federal corrections, 25.4 per cent of the incarcerated population are now of aboriginal ancestry.”

Of 14,624 inmates across the country, 3,723 are aboriginal people. In the Prairie provinces, 48 per cent of federal inmates are aboriginal people.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/aboriginal-inmates-1.3403647

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