The Canadian Criminal Justice System Is Often Represented

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The Canadian criminal justice system is often represented by the balanced scales of justice. These scales symbolize the need for the law to be viewed objectively in order to ensure a fair determination of innocence (Griffiths, 2011). Ideally, the criminal justice system should incorporate the values of the scales of justice to control crime and impose penalties on those who violate the law. However, despite justice being supposedly impartial, there is an overwhelming representation of Aboriginal people in all stages of the criminal justice process, from the charging of the individuals in court to their sentence in prison (Jordan, 2014). This is a clear indication that the criminal justice system is not adequately representing the needs of…show more content…
The report also found that Aboriginal people are sentenced to longer terms, spend more time in maximum security or segregation, are less likely to be granted parole, and are more likely to have their parole revoked (CSC, 2013). Correctional Investigator Howard Sapers concluded that the numbers of Aboriginal offenders continues to grow each year and that there were “serious gaps between the law and practice” when it came to dealing with aboriginal inmates (Ljunggren, 2013, p.1). Statistics as drastic as the above can only lead to the conclusion that Aboriginal people receive unequal justice in comparison to the majority population. The Aboriginal Justice Strategy (AJS) group was created specifically in response to the disproportionate number of Aboriginal persons involved in the criminal justice system, both as offenders and victims (Bennet, 2012). In their evaluation of the justice system, they found that “there remains a need for culturally relevant alternatives to the mainstream justice system” that are able to address the needs of Aboriginal populations (Bennet, 2012, p.1). Therefore, the pursuit of justice for Aboriginal populations must be culture based to not only administer uniform justice going forward, but also to address past wrongs. Retributive Justice Retributive justice has long been the established form of addressing injustices in society. This method refers to controls
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