The Macdonald-Laurier Institute has released their second yearly criminal justice report, and the results do not favour the Northwest Territories.
The rankings are determined based on access to justice, efficiency, cost, public safety, and victim support systems.
The NWT dropped one spot to second last country wide, ahead of only Yukon.
Earning an overall “C” rating, the NWT’s score was weighed down by poor overall public safety and support for victims as well as its’ use of resources, despite ranking well in efficiency, fairness and ease of access to services.
The report states that the territory can improve its ranking by lowering its violent crime and property crime rates, which are both second highest country wide (though property crime dropped significantly in 2017). The territory also received a low grade for costs and use of resources, which is largely because of the vast size of the NWT and the high crime rates in a small population.
Meanwhile, the Yukon made very little progress in its criminal justice system, while Nunavut jumped from tenth to eighth.
The Macdonald-Laurier report has people criticizing Alberta for being the only province to keep the number of Indigenous people in prison a secret.
The report has also brought some criticism on to Alberta, as they remain the only province to not disclose the number of Indigenous people in prison.
This was flagged as an issue in 2016, but Alberta has still not released the data.
Countrywide, Prince Edward Island was the highest rated province in the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s report.
The full report can be found here: https://macdonaldlaurier.ca/files/pdf/MLI_JusticeReportCard_Final_web2.pdf