Aboriginal adults over represented in incarceration rates in the NWT

International incarceration rates, G20 countries - Courtesy of Statistics Canada

A report published a week ago by Statistics Canada highlights significantly the higher incarceration rates in the Northwest Territories.

Last year, 189 people in the NWT were either serving a sentence for a conviction, in remand awaiting trial, or in other temporary detention.

A rate higher than Russia, Brazil or Saudi Arabia.

In 2015/2016, Aboriginal adults were over represented in admissions to provincial and territorial correctional services. They accounted for 26% of admissions while representing about 3% of the Canadian adult population.

This over representation of Aboriginal adults was more pronounced for females than males. Aboriginal females accounted for 38% of female admissions to provincial and territorial sentenced custody, while the comparable figure for Aboriginal males was 26%.

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Melinda Trochu
Melinda Trochu is an independent multimedia journalist from France who moved to Yellowknife recently. She has worked and lived in France, Lebanon and Australia. She is currently the News & Current Affairs Director at CKLB. If you want to contact her, here's her email: melinda.trochu@cklbradio.com

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