Canada Behind Bars: Changes in Inmate Composition Over 10 Years

Recently, Canada’s Office of the Correctional Investigator released a document looking at statistical trends in Administrative Segregation over the past 10 years. This document was of personal interest given my thesis topic: The impact of programming in administrative segregation. However, it was the first paragraph that outlined the changes in the general inmate population that caught my eye.

I’ve created an infographic to illustrate these statistics, and I hope you will share this information. We urgently need to have an informed national discourse about the criminal justice system in Canada.

BTW: If you’re wondering, Canada’s total population grew by 10.64% over the last 10 years.

Canada Behind Bars

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4 thoughts on “Canada Behind Bars: Changes in Inmate Composition Over 10 Years

  1. Emad,Did you see that long Atlantic article excerpted here (which includes comments). Excellent.. The Breakdown of the Black Family

    |   | |   | |   |   |   |   |   | | The Breakdown of the Black FamilyAny attempt to address mass incarceration has to begin with an effort to tackle crime—and the social conditions linked to its rise. | | | | View on http://www.theatlantic.com | Preview by Yahoo | | | |   |

  2. Or Asians, Africans, Middle East and Pacific Islanders, ha! What about breaking it down further by looking at serious crimes. What about age? e.g. the biggest increase might actually be black women between 20-30 years old involved in not serious crimes rather than old white murdering men…

    1. Ha! Thank you for the feedback, Maury 🙂

      Yes of course there are a lot of interesting nuances that can be captured if we dig deep enough. What I’m doing here is simply illustrating the data that was provided in the OCI’s report (which I hyperlinked in my post). Unfortunately, there is not enough detail there to respond to your inquiries. To do that we would have to look at Public Safety’s Statistical Overview. I have a copy of the 2014 Annual Report, which was released this year, but I’m not allowed to share it as it hasn’t been made public yet. What I can tell you is that the numbers in my infographic above are probably the most telling. Our Asian and Latino offender populations are very low. The major issues revolve around the Black population, women and Aboriginals.

      I’m going to start working on some more of these infographics once I’ve finished my Master’s. I’ll try to capture as much as I can 🙂

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