Canada’s prisons are the ‘new residential schools’
This article details the systematic incarceration of indigenous people in Canada, and compares their treatment to the legacy of the residential school system. It highlights inequities between indigenous and non-indigenous people in police interactions, bail, sentencing, and prison experience. It also details a new court established in Saskatchewan in an effort to remedy disproportionate incarceration rates.
Canada’s crime rate just hit a 45-year low. It’s been dropping for years—down by half since peaking in 1991. Bizarrely, the country recently cleared another benchmark, when the number of people incarcerated hit an all-time high. Dig a little further into the data, and an even more disquieting picture emerges.
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