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Justice minister: ‘Complete review’ needed to address high number of aboriginal inmates – CTV News

by ahnationtalk on November 20, 2015447 Views

November 19, 2015

Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada’s first aboriginal justice minister, says the only way to address the country’s disproportionately high number of indigenous inmates is by putting the whole criminal justice system under the microscope.

“We’re committed to taking a complete review of the criminal justice system, and as a former prosecutor, I recognize the incredible representation of indigenous people in the system,” she told CTV’s Power Play on Thursday.

According to Statistics Canada, 24 per cent of inmates in provincial facilities in 2014 were aboriginal, despite only making up about three per cent of Canada’s population.

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