Too many Indigenous women are in prison—but sentencing flexibility will help – Macleans.ca

Too many Indigenous women are in prison—but sentencing flexibility will help – Macleans.ca

by ahnationtalk on June 8, 201856 Views

Jun 7, 2018

Opinion: In the absence of real systemic reform, a bill would allow judges to adjust sentences despite mandatory minimums makes an unjust system better

Patricia M. Barkaskas is the academic director of the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. Emma Cunliffe is an associate professor in the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. Both are expert advisors with EvidenceNetwork.ca.

There is no justice for Indigenous women in the current Canadian justice system.

Indigenous women are violently victimized at almost three times the rate of their non-Indigenous counterparts. Indigenous women are also more likely to commit criminal offences—but nine times more likely than non-Indigenous women to be sentenced to prison.

Read More: https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/too-many-indigenous-women-are-in-prison-but-sentencing-flexibility-will-help/

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