Prison System Must Address Diversity

28 Nov, 2013

It may not come as much of a surprise when statistics come out every year regarding the amount of racial minorities (or “non-Caucasians”) currently serving time in prisons when compared to Caucasian people. A related but relatively new concern highlighted in the annual report by the Correctional Investigator of Canada Howard Sapers sheds light on the altering “racial makeup” of Canadian prisons. More specifically, the ever-increasing prevalence of Aboriginals incarcerated is quickly becoming a huge concern, especially since they only make up a very small amount of the general population already. Moreover, the widely present black offender population is also reporting offenses against them such as marginalization and aspects of rejection from guards, as seen mostly in maximum-security institutions.

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