Correctional services to Aboriginal: more supervision required

prison-federale-prince-albert-saskatchewanThe Ombudsman for federal offenders is that the new Liberal government to implement the recommendations made by his office about the fate of indigenous in the country’s prisons, including the creation of a deputy commissioner for that specific customer.

The Correctional Investigator, Howard Sapers, said that Aboriginal prisoners, who represent 24% of the prison population continued to experience more difficulties than other offenders.

According to Mr. Sapers, the problems facing aboriginal offenders, including longer stays in detention and in solitary confinement, are so important that they require the appointment of a responsible for this issue within Correctional Service Canada.

He added that the government should also implement the provisions of the Act, the Corrections and release conditional on indigenous, which were designed to improve the participation of First Nations corrections and remedy the Indigenous over-representation behind bars.

Howard Sapers Correctional Service argued that Canada had not really given the decisions of Parliament over the past 20 years and had not made sufficient efforts to implement these provisions.

The Correctional Investigator gave the example of the fact that there was not enough healing lodges for inmates managed by indigenous communities in the North, Ontario and British Columbia, where the rate of offenders from the First Nations are high.

Of the 94 recommendations in the final report of the Commission of Truth and Reconciliation Canada is opening other healing lodges across the country.

“We know that in their election platform, the Liberals were planning to implement the proposals of the Commission, said Mr. Sapers. We are looking forward to seeing that. ”

He said the findings had not pushed the former Conservative government to act.

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