CHRC statement on the release by the Office of the Correctional
Investigator of "A Case Study of Diversity in Corrections: The Black
Inmate Experience in Federal Penitentiaries."
OTTAWA, Nov. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Statement:
"In my role as Acting Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights
Commission, I would like to commend the Office of the Correctional
Investigator for undertaking this important initiative.
"The study is particularly relevant given that the number of Black
inmates in the federal correctional system is growing and that, as a
group, they continue to be over-represented in the general prison
"This study makes significant progress towards a better understanding of
Black inmates, their experiences and outcomes. It also assesses actions
taken by the Correctional Service of Canada to respond to their needs.
"The study notes serious and tangible differences in the treatment of
Black inmates. I note with concern that compared to the general prison
population, Black inmates are more likely to be placed in maximum
security, to face disciplinary charges and solitary confinement, and to
be involved in use of force incidents.
"Nonetheless, the study notes, Black inmates have surprisingly better
outcomes than the general population with higher successful completion
rates for parole and statutory release, and better post-release
"The Canadian Human Rights Commission urges the Correctional Service of
Canada to intensify its efforts to understand and respect diversity,
and to implement programs and policies that respect the needs of its
diverse inmate population."
David Langtry, Acting Chief Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights
SOURCE: Canadian Human Rights Commission
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