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SCC rules prison service must take all reasonable steps to ensure parole tools valid for Indigenous offenders

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 3:14 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Supreme Court of Canada has declared 7-2 that the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is breaching its statutory obligations by using psychological tools to assess Indigenous offenders’ suitability for parole — without first taking all reasonable steps to ensure that those tools are valid — and not culturally biased — vis-a-vis Indigenous inmates.

Chief Justice Richard Wagner’s June 13 judgment on behalf of the court’s majority is far reaching in that it goes on to instruct the federal prison service that its officials “must ensure...