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Inmate test 'bias' unproven, court rules

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Kim Arnott

The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned a 2015 ruling which found that psychological risk assessment tools used on federal inmates are not responsive to the special needs of Aboriginal people.

That ruling by Federal Court Justice Michael Phelan found the tools violated Aboriginal inmate Jeffrey Ewert’s s.7 Charter rights without s.1 justification. He also ruled that use of the tools breached the Correctional Service of Canada’s (CSC) statutory obligation to maintain accurate information about inmates and respect the cultural differences of Aboriginal offenders.

But in...