Opinion: Reduce the poverty-to-prison pipeline for women – The Province

by ahnationtalk on May 22, 201847 Views

Over the last decade, the number of women in Canada’s jails has spiked 30 per cent.

Even more troubling, after a 60-per-cent increase over the same period, Indigenous female prisoners now account for 37 per cent of all incarcerated women, and 50 per cent of women in maximum security.

According to the 2017 correctional investigator report, there is no evidence of increased female criminality. Women in custody are in fact likely to be victims of physical (90 per cent) and sexual (67 per cent) abuse themselves, with addiction issues and children relying on them.

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