Analyzing the Increased “Indigenizion” in the Federal Corrections System

June 8, 2020 2:45pm

Ivan Zinger

Ivan Zinger, J.D., Ph.D.
Correctional Investigator of Canada
Government of Canada

A detailed look at Indigenous people in federal penitentiaries, now representing 30% of the incarcerated inmate population, and recommendations made by the Office of the Correctional Investigator, including:

  • Transferring resources and responsibility to Indigenous groups and communities for the care, custody and supervision of Indigenous offenders
  • Appointing a Deputy Commissioner for Indigenous Corrections
  • Increasing access and availability of culturally relevant correctional programming
  • Clarifying and enhancing the role of Indigenous elders
  • Improving engagement with Indigenous communities and enhance their capacity to provide reintegration services
  • Enhancing access to screening, diagnosis and treatment of Indigenous offenders affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Developing assessment and classification tools responsive to the needs and realities of Indigenous people caught up in the criminal justice system
  • What collaborative actions can be taken? Are there opportunities for partnerships to address gross overrepresentation and prevent reoffending?