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Report shows Manitoba a leader in jail lockups; government promising change – Ottawa Citizen

May 10, 2019

WINNIPEG — New data from Statistics Canada show Manitoba’s criminal justice system is locking up youth and adults at rates that far outstrip other provinces.

The figures for 2017-2018 also show Manitoba is imprisoning Indigenous men and women in increasing numbers at the same time national incarceration rates are falling.

The agency’s data indicate that of all the inmates serving time in Manitoba — whether it’s federal, provincial, or community-based sentences — 75 per cent were Indigenous.

Manitoba registered a youth incarceration rate of 19 per 10,000 children — higher than any other province.

By comparison, eight of 10 provinces had youth incarceration rates of less than five per 10,000 children.

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