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Ottawa drops appeal of ruling that gave no jail time to aboriginal man


The federal government has dropped its appeal of a ruling that gave an aboriginal man no jail time for trafficking in a large amount of cocaine, an amount that would usually bring a prison sentence of two to five years.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has promised to try to reduce the numbers of indigenous men and women in federal prisons. The proportion currently sits at 25 per cent, although indigenous people make up just 4 per cent of the Canadian population. Federal law since 1996 has required aboriginal offenders to be given special consideration in sentencing.


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