Asians, Filipinos, Arabs ‘underrepresented’ in federal prisons, says Canadian Correctional Service

Federal prisons are disproportionately populated with Canadians of Chinese, Filipino, Arab or West Asian origin, the Canadian Corrections Service (CSC) said in a study, but these ethnic groups were “underrepresented.” ” did not provide a clear definition. in prison.

“Chinese and Filipino men were underrepresented in institutional and community offender populations,” the CSC said. the study, obtained by Blacklock’s Reporter. According to Blacklock’s, people from these ethnic groups typically serve less than four years in prison for non-violent crimes such as drug offenses, the study said.

Chinese Canadians make up 5% of Canada’s total population (1.8 million) and Filipino Canadians make up about 3% of the general population (837,130). 2016 CensusIn federal prisons, Chinese Canadians make up less than 0.5 percent of inmates and Filipino Canadians make up less than half of the 1 percent of federal prisoners, BlackRock reporters said.

Meanwhile, Released November 30, 2022 The Federal Office of Corrections, which was part of the study, said “black men and women, and men from Southeast Asia, are overrepresented” in CSC institutions compared to the general population of these ethnic groups in Canada. .

“Black men represent 9% of men in custody, while representing 3% of Canadians,” the report said.. It also states that “Indigenous men make up 5% of Canadian citizens compared to 25% of men in custody.”

Data provided in the release showed that black male offenses declined from fiscal 2015/2016 to fiscal 2018/2019, but this decline reflected an increase in offenses in the “no data” group. and ethnic cultural data of offenders. Conversely, the number of black male offenders increased from He 2018/2019 to He 2019/2020, paralleling a decline in the “no data” group. A similar trend was seen for black female offenders, whose decline from the 2012/2013 highs coincided with an increase in the ‘no data’ group.

The Epoch Times reached out to the CSC regarding its definition of “overrepresentation” and “underrepresentation” of certain ethnic groups in criminal groups. The agency said it was unable to provide a detailed response by the time of publication.The Epoch Times requested a full report from CSC’s research department but received no response.

Entitled “Ethnocultural Offenders in Federal Detention: Investigating Hospitalization, Detention, and Community Supervision Indicators,” the study explores trends in ethnocultural diversity in federal offender populations specific to nonwhites and non-Indigenous peoples. was investigated for 11 years. Criminal, said the release.

“Canada is a multicultural society with a growing ethnocultural population that is reflected in the Department of Corrections offender population,” said the release. “Research on ethnocultural offenders, especially overrepresented groups in correctional groups, should therefore be conducted on a regular basis.”

repeat offense

according to Another Federal InvestigationA paper titled “A Comprehensive Study of Recidivism Rates among Canadian Federal Offenders” found that Asians were the least likely to reoffend among prison groups, while Indigenous offenders were more likely to commit another offense. was the highest.

Recidivism rates averaged 19% for Asians, 36% for black prisoners, and 40% for white prisoners.

“The designation of ethnic groups is problematic,” the report said. “However, it did provide analysis to help determine whether some groups with high recidivism rates need more services to improve their post-release outcome gaps.”

Although the study states that “recidivism is a rigorous test of the effectiveness of correctional institutions,” the measure “may be reducing the amount and severity of offenders’ involvement in criminal activity.” It is not sensitive to more subtle signs of sexuality.”

Meanwhile, the liberal government passed the bill, Building C-5under the premise of reducing the “overrepresentation” of blacks, indigenous and marginalized peoples in prisons.

The bill, which received the King’s assent on 17 November 2022, was a reintroduction of the former. Building C-22 in the 43rd Congress, and abolish Mandatory minimum penalties (MMPs) for gun-related offenses, including robbery with a firearm, extortion with a firearm, arms trafficking, intentionally firing a firearm, and using a firearm to commit a crime.

Justice Department said December 2021 release Bill C-5 would help address the problem of “systemic racism in Canada’s criminal justice system.”

Andrew Chen

Andrew Chen is a reporter for the Epoch Times based in Toronto.