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Additional oversight needed for Indigenous corrections, says watchdog


OTTAWA — The country’s prison watchdog wants the new Liberal government to act on outstanding recommendations from his office, including a call to create a deputy commissioner of Indigenous corrections.

Howard Sapers, the correctional investigator, says outcomes for Indigenous inmates — who represent 24 per cent of the prison population — continue to be far worse than for other offenders.

Sapers says issues facing Indigenous inmates, including more time spent in custody and segregation cells, are urgent enough that they require stand-alone leadership within the Correctional Service of Canada.


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