An overview of Indigenous corrections

Indigenous offenders continue to be disproportionately represented in the Canadian federal correctional system. As per the 2016 Canadian Census, 4.9% of the Canadian population was Indigenous. Yet Indigenous offenders comprise 24% of federally sentenced offenders.Endnote i

CD 702 Aboriginal Offenders ensures the needs specific to Indigenous offenders are met.

Statistics about Indigenous offenders in federal custody

  • From 2013-14 to 2016-17, the number of federally-incarcerated Indigenous offenders rose from 4,856 to 5,322.Endnote ii
  • There was also a significant increase in the percentage of discretionary releases for Indigenous offenders, from almost 27% in 2012-13 to over 40% in 2017-18.
  • 2017-18 recorded a 5% drop for Indigenous offenders returning to federal custody 5 years after warrant expiry.
  • 100% of work releases were successful for Indigenous offenders in 2017-18.

Strategic Plan for Aboriginal Corrections

The Correctional Service Canada’s (CSC’s) Strategic Plan for Aboriginal Corrections ensures a federal correctional system that responds to the needs of all Indigenous offenders and contributes to safe and healthy communities.

Strategic Plan for Aboriginal Corrections outlines how CSC will support Indigenous offenders within CSC.

Indigenous offenders research contains research reports and summaries about specific topics relevant to Indigenous corrections.

Anijaarniq Strategy outlines how CSC will support the reintegration and rehabilitations of Inuit offenders in their home communities.

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