Analyzing the Increased “Indigenizion” in the Federal Corrections System
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?