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NCJ Number: 157245 Find in a Library
Title: Ethnocultural Groups and the Justice System in Canada: A Review of the Issues, Working Document
Author(s): A Currie; G Kiefl
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 148
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Department of Justice
Ottawa ON K1A 0H8, Canada
Publication Number: WD1994-5e
Sale Source: Canada Department of Justice
Justice Bldg. Kent St., at Wellington St.
Ottawa ON K1A 0H8,
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: In focusing on the extent of bias in Canada's criminal justice system against members of ethnocultural and visible minorities, this research project found that the perception of racism is strongly felt by members of many minority groups.
Abstract: Researchers determined that ethnocultural diversity in Canada is becoming a more high profile issue as the population's ethnic mix changes. Discrimination is viewed as a significant problem, and cultural influences are causing some strains between the desire of minorities to maintain their traditional cultures and social practices and the criminal justice system. Even though research does not provide conclusive evidence of racism in Canada's criminal justice system, perceptions are widely held that racism exists. Therefore, the criminal justice system must provide access to minorities and ethnocultural communities must play a more direct role. Criminal justice system professionals need to receive cultural sensitivity training, and efforts must be made to recruit minority members into the field. There is also a need for effective complaint and redress mechanisms for minority groups and for a community-oriented approach to addressing criminal justice issues. Supplemental information on the role of multiculturalism in the criminal justice system is appended. 359 footnotes
Main Term(s): World criminology
Index Term(s): Canada; Criminal justice system reform; Cultural influences; Foreign courts; Foreign criminal justice systems; Minorities; Racial discrimination; Victims in foreign countries
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