blackbird Posted February 24 Report Share Posted February 24 (edited) The BC NDP is setting up a First Nations Justice Council in B.C. Any FN person that is arrested and comes before a judge in B.C. must now be treated according to the Gladue report: "What are Gladue factors? Judges have a duty to apply Gladue principles, irrespective of the charge and regardless of which court the offender appears in. This is not an exhaustive list but covers many of the most common Gladue factors: Impacts of colonialism Feelings of loneliness, abandonment, dislocation from culture, community, and family Loss of access to ceremonies and healing practices Racism and systemic discrimination Lack of opportunity and isolation of community Housing shortages and homelessness Foster care, adoption, 60s scoop Victimization/offenders of violence Missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls High rates of incarceration Lower education levels or irrelevance of education Lower-level employment, unemployment, and poverty Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Substance misuse Mental health" Information for the Public - BC First Nations Justice Council (bcfnjc.com) Everything must be considered except the crime and danger to the public. The question is how does that address the larger per capita number of FN offenders in the justice system? Supposedly offenders will not receive the same sentences as non-native offenders and instead be referred to some kind of FN cultural or aboriginal healing system. Why has the NDP not released any studies on how this will work? Where is the evidence that offenders will be rehabilitated and be able to return to society without danger or harm to others? What kind of alternate treatment will they actually receive? What about the concept of punishment for crime? Is the idea of punishment for crime totally non-existent in left wing thinking? How is this kind of system going to be just and more importantly what kind of message will this send to young people who may be potential offenders? How is it going to protect society? What exactly will they be doing with offenders that will make society safer? We have already seen years of repeat offenders committing crimes, assaulting people, breaking into businesses, being arrested, and immediately being released by the courts and going out to repeat their offences again. Is this the NDP solution to stop crime? In addition are NDP and Liberals bent on creating two different systems in every department of government, one for aboriginals, and one for everyone else? That is how it is beginning to look. Edited February 25 by blackbird Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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