Proposed federal justice reforms could reduce number of Indigenous, black people in system, say advocates

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Ottawa trying to divert racialized youth from courts, create national Indigenous justice strategy Advocates for justice system reform are welcoming new proposals from the federal government to address the overrepresentation of black and Indigenous individuals and other racialized groups in the criminal justice system. In the recent federal budget, the government pledged $216.4 million over five years, and $43.3 million each year after that, to divert black and Indigenous youth and young people of colour from the courts. The government also is proposing to give $21.5 million over five years to organizations that offer free public legal education and services to racialized communities, and to spend $26.8 million to help provinces maintain immigration and refugee legal aid support for asylum seekers.

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