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NWT defence lawyers call for temporary release of prisoners during COVID-19 outbreak – CKLB News

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 202071 Views

Criminal defence lawyers in the Northwest Territories have collectively written a letter to the wardens at the three main correctional centres in the Northwest Territories – calling for prisoners to be released on temporary absences due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The letter went to the wardens in Fort Smith, Hay River and Yellowknife.

The lawyers point out that the majority of the inmate population in the NWT is Indigenous.

Most of them are survivors of intergenerational trauma caused by the residential school system, and the debilitating legacy of colonialism.

Many of them already suffer poor health.

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