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The Office of the Correctional Investigator released its annual report on October
24, 2003. Highlights include continued criticism of the discrimination
faced by Aboriginal people and women inside Canadian prisons. The report
that many Aboriginal people are being kept in federal
prisons longer than their non-Aboriginal counterparts. Aborignal people
are less likely to receive conditional release and experience more problems
with delayed parole.The report also calls for more independent investigation
and review processes. In terms of women, it calls for a return to the
final response plan" addressing the recommendations of Madame Justice Arbour's 1996 Report. This
report was released after a tape was publicized of a male reponse team violently
strip searching women at PW4 in Kingston, ON.
For a copy of the report go to www.oci-bec.gc.ca/reports_e.asp