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The National Parole Board : addressing the needs of Aboriginal offenders / Irene Fraser.

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Public Safety Canada Library



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Addressing the needs of Aboriginal offenders.




25 p. ; 28 cm.


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In the fall of 1991, the Minister of Justice and the Solicitor General of Canada announced a new initiative to improve the administration of justice as it affects Aboriginal people - to ensure that the system would be more responsive to Aboriginal aspirations, needs and concerns. As a partner in the criminal justice system and as a federal agency, the National Parole Board (NPB) has an important role to play in meeting the objectives for federal policy and programs in this area; in partial fulfillment of its responsibilities, the NPB took two immediate steps. Firstly, a special committee, the Aboriginal Project Steering Committee, was formed and secondly, a contract was awarded to determine the NPB's involvement in addressing the interests of Aboriginal offenders and to propose strategies for further initiatives that the Board may wish to undertake. This report is the written product of the contract.


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I. Introduction -- I.1. Background -- I.2. Methodology -- I.3. Areas of most concern -- I.4. Culture -- II. Current National Parole Board aboriginal programming -- II.1. Coundil of Elders -- II.2. Contact with Aboriginal organizations -- II.3. Acceptance of Aboriginal programs -- II.4. Number of Aboriginal people on the Board -- II.5. Number of Aboriginal people on staff -- II.6. Parole readiness video -- II.7. Adjustments to the hearing process -- II.8. Cross-cultural training -- II.9. Translators -- II.10. Strategies -- III. Suggestions for action -- III.A. Parole Board members' selection criteria and accountability -- III.B. Interviewing techniques -- III.C. Parole panel hearings -- III.D. Elders -- III.D.1. Elders at the hearings -- III.E. Cross-cultural training -- III.F. Decision policies -- III.F.1. Core values -- III.F.2. Pre-release decision policies -- III.F.3. Part 1: risk assessment policy for release decisions -- III.F.4. Detailed policies, phase 2 - final risk assessment -- III.F.5. Part II: Post release decisions B. Special conditions -- III.G. Education and community liaison -- III.H. Correctional Service Canada -- IV. Conclusion -- Miscellaneous comment -- Addendum - Contacts.

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