Mar 7, 2013 / 8:19 am
Canada's correctional investigator is giving the country's prison system a failing grade for the way it deals with aboriginals behind bars.
The report by Howard Sapers says the gap in incarceration rates between aboriginals and non-aboriginals is widening.
Sapers says roughly one in four inmates in federal penitentiaries is aboriginal.
But he says aboriginal-specific provisions in the justice system are chronically underfunded.
Sapers is calling on the Harper government to significantly increase funding to deal with aboriginal offenders.
He also recommends appointing a deputy commissioner for aboriginal corrections to ensure the government is held to account in dealing with incarceration rates for Aboriginal Peoples.
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