Anti-racism data will help improve justice system – Advocate Daily

by ahnationtalk on March 15, 2017113 Views

Ontario’s new three-year anti-racism strategic plan — which includes the collection of race-based data — will help address long-standing flaws in the justice system, Toronto criminal lawyer Annamaria Enenajor tells Toronto Metro News.

“This kind of data would help substantiate many claims that have been made for a long time,” she says.

Enenajor, a lawyer with Ruby & Shiller Barristers, says that while demonstrating racism in a particular instance is easy to prove through evidence of a racial slur or stereotype, systemic racism is much more difficult to show. That people of colour often receive harsher sentences and that charges against them are more likely to proceed are examples of such claims, she says.

Enenajor says the collection of race-based information would be a good tool to determine whether police forces are fair in their treatment of marginalized groups.

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