Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Statistics on Visible Minorities in Youth and Adult Prison Systems

April 4, 2022

Question:
Is there a means to discover statistics on visible minority populations in adult and youth prison systems?  I am aware that there are statistics in the data portal for people self-identifying as Indigenous, but that’s only one part of the researcher’s question.  The broader scope of “visible minority”, and the narrower subset of “Black” are at the core of his research.

Public-access resources are best, but the researcher may be open to restricted or licensed resources.


Answer:

A quick check of the publications of Correctional Service Canada was completed and your researcher might find the statistics from a couple of these publications to be of interest.  
Examples of research topics & publications
a) Offender Profiles and Forecasting,
Gottschall, S. (2012) Ethnic Diversity in Canadian Federal Offender Admissions. Research Report, R-263. Ottawa, Ontario:  Correctional Service of Canada.

Admission Profile of Ethnocultural Offenders: Emerging Research Results

b) Health and mental health
Concurrent Disorders and Substance Abuse Disorders among Visible Minority Offenders
https://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/research/rs13-09-eng.shtml

*new data tables on visible minority admissions for adult and youth (for select provinces: NS, ON (adults), AB and BC) were released on April 20, 2022.

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