Black Canadians are increasingly impacted negatively by the justice system and policing in Canada.
Black Canadians are increasingly impacted negatively by the justice system and policing in Canada. Anti-Black racism impacts all parts of the justice system including policing, charges, courts, sentencing, bail, and imprisonment. Growing evidence shows that Black Canadians are treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than non-Black Canadians.
“Black Canadians represent 3% of the national population but account for 9.5% of federal inmates.”
Black Canadians are overrepresented in Federal Correction institutions. Black Canadians represent 3.5% of the national population but account for 9.5% of federal inmates. Between 2005 and 2015 there has been a 71.1% increase in the number of Black Canadians incarcerated in federal corrections institutions.
In Canada largest cities: Toronto, Hamilton, London, Ottawa, Halifax, Edmonton, Calgary, Black Canadians are “street checked,” subject to arbitrary detention, at rates up to four times their population.
Mental Health and policing remain concerns as they relate to the shooting deaths of citizens is with mental health crises by police.
The Federation of Black Canadians is exploring opportunities to work toward the elimination of anti-Black racism in the justice system and to correct the overrepresentation of Black Canadians, promote restorative justice, and culturally appropriate reintegration supports.
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We want to hear more ideas from people across Canada as to how we can work together to address criminal justice systems to better support of Black Canadians.