Overincarceration of Indigenous people: a health crisis – CMAJ

Davinder Singh, Sarah Prowse and Marcia Anderson

KEY POINTS

  • Indigenous people are greatly over-represented in the incarcerated population in Canada.

  • Overincarceration of Indigenous people has both immediate and compounded long-term health effects.

  • Indigenous people lose far more years of life to time spent incarcerated than to premature death from cancer, injuries, heart disease and stroke.

  • The recommendations of decades-old and recent reports to address racism in the Canadian justice system must be implemented to properly address inequities in health between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people as a public health priority.

Read More: http://www.cmaj.ca/content/191/18/E487

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