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Restorative justice essential for First Nations

March 29, 2013

Robinson said the disproportionate number of First Nations people in jail shows Canada needs to rethink how it deals with crime.

….Robinson said it would be more effective to have restorative justice programs through which people deal with conflicts in their own communities.

“It’s … very different than … taking somebody into a courtroom and saying ‘you did a, b and c and so now you’re going to go to jail for six months and we’re going to put you on an airplane and fly you away from your people,’” she explained.

“It’s bringing the person into the group and saying, ‘The people in your community are concerned about this … it’s not going to be tolerated and what can we do to help you change?’”

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