Johnson examines regional variations in treatment of Indigenous offenders by the courts

Anna Johnson presented her findings today regarding the treatment of Indigenous offenders in the Canadian criminal justice system at this year’s Canadian Sociological Association conference, being held at part of Congress 2017 in Toronto this week. Drawing from a sample of 121 manslaughter cases Canada wide between 1999 and 2014, Johnson focused specifically on qualitative findings to demonstrate how judges across Canada discussed and applied the Criminal Code provisions that instruct judges to consider the Indigenous status of an offender when determining an appropriate sentence. Johnson is a research assistant at the CSSLRV and will begin her PhD with Dr. Dawson in September.

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