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For indigenous women, prisons are the adult version of residential schools - The Globe and Mail

1.5.16

For indigenous women, prisons are the adult version of residential schools - The Globe and Mail: Double bunking, mandatory minimum sentences and inmate pay cuts have turned the prisons into places of hopelessness and anger. Whereas the men’s prisons have become more violent as a result, the women’s have become places of despair and depression. There are five women’s prisons in Canada serving the five CSC regions. Because there are only five, inmates are rarely incarcerated close to home. Also, indigenous people are vastly overrepresented in prison populations: 68 per cent of federally incarcerated female inmates are indigenous (Edmonton Institution for Women is more than 90 per cent, according to the CSC).


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