The Aboriginal Inmate Report by the Correctional Investigator, Howard Sapers, was tabled in the House of Commons yesterday. This is just the second special report written by the Correctional Investigator in the 40 year history of the office. Highlights include:
"The number of aboriginal people in Canada's federal prisons has jumped by more than 50 per cent over the past decade, Canada's correctional investigator has found. ...
The report also finds that in Canada's federal prisons, aboriginal people account for:
- 25 per cent of male inmates.
- More than a third of female inmates.
- More than 65 per cent of prisoners in some Western Canada facilities.
Additionally, aboriginal inmates are sentenced to longer terms, and spend more time in segregation and maximum security. They are less likely to be granted parole and are more likely to have parole revoked for minor problems."