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Restorative justice programs could help reduce Indigenous incarceration rates, says chief – CBC

by ahnationtalk on June 28, 201864 Views

Programs divert youth and first-time offenders from criminal justice system

Jun 27, 2018

Manitoba’s Southern Chiefs’ Organization is pointing to its restorative justice program as one of the possible ways to reduce the overrepresentation of Indigenous adults and youth in Canadian jails.

According to Statistics Canada, in 2016-17, Indigenous adults in Manitoba accounted for 74 per cent of all admissions to custody or community supervision programs.

The province’s youth corrections had the second highest rate of incarcerated Indigenous youth in the country, with 81 per cent of male youth in custody being Indigenous and 82 per cent of female youth.

Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) said alternatives to incarceration, like restorative justice, are needed.

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