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A file photo shows women prisoners at a federal penitentiary.
A file photo shows women prisoners at a federal penitentiary.
(Thomas Szlukovenyi/The Globe and Mail)

Tory crime agenda fuelling ‘crisis’ of aboriginal women in prison: report

The swelling ranks of aboriginal women in the federal prison system amount to “nothing short of a crisis,” says a report commissioned by the Public Safety Department.

The Conservative government’s “tough on crime agenda” will only send the numbers spiralling higher, adds the report, which paints a bleak picture of the native, Inuit and Metis woman’s experience with the federal correctional system.