‘Something is wrong’ says Chief Human Rights Commissioner

January 4, 2017

Ontario’s Chief Human Rights Commissioner is calling for a change in behaviour from people in and outside of the judicial system towards Indigenous Peoples.

Renu Mandhane says the fact that people are disproportionally targeted means something is wrong.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) administers the Ontario Human Rights Code which sets out the right of individuals to be free from discrimination.

Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane sounded the alarm on Indigenous prisoner Adam Capay who had been in solitary confinement for four years. Now she wants data on segregation use released annually.

Mandhane says the numbers are missing about who is being stopped and detained by police and who is in Ontario’s prisons.

In a submission to the Ministry of Correctional Services, the commission noted that the North Bay Jail has the highest rate of segregation in the province.

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