Racialized men less likely to get parole in Canada when eligible: Newspaper-Xinhua

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A person holds a sign during the Stop Asian Hate rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 28, 2021. (Photo by Andrew Soong/Xinhua)

“A seven-year analysis of federal prison data found that Indigenous, Black and other racialized men are 26%, 24% and 20% less likely than their white peers to be released on parole during the first year they are eligible,” said an article in late February.

OTTAWA, May 10 (Xinhua) — Racialized men are less likely to be granted parole in Canada when eligible, Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail said in a recent article.

“A seven-year analysis of federal prison data found that Indigenous, Black and other racialized men are 26%, 24% and 20% less likely than their white peers to be released on parole during the first year they are eligible,” said the article, which appeared in late February.

The analysis, carried out by the newspaper, revealed that throughout the process of incarceration and rehabilitation, for which the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is mainly responsible, “the chances (of being released) are increasingly higher against racialized people.”

“By law, nearly all non-lifers who have served two-thirds of their sentence must be released into the community to complete the remainder of their sentence, with varying levels of restrictions,” the article said. But in reality, “it’s better to be white”.

The analysis reflected “systemic and institutional racism” in Canada’s parole process, which is “based on fundamental inequality”, said Sarah Turnbull, professor of sociology and legal studies at the University of Waterloo. , cited by the article.

“These things have been going on for a very long time. Institutions know that,” Turnbull said, adding that differences in parole outcomes persist in part because the parole system – the final stage of a prisoner’s return to prison. company — — is much less scrutinized.

In 2020, the newspaper did a similar analysis on CSC’s risk assessment tools used to assess a prisoner’s risk to public safety and risks of recidivism, and they were found “systematically biased against men.” blacks, aboriginal men and aboriginal women.

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