CHRC calls on Corrections to intensify efforts to respect diversity

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 population.

"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 outcomes.

"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 Commission

SOURCE: Canadian Human Rights Commission

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