New Study Reveals Aboriginal Crime Stats

Wednesday, June 07, 2006 at 15:57



A public policy expert says he believes a new study on Aboriginal crime statistics clearly illustrates why the Conservatives “Get-Tough-On-Crime” approach won’t work.


John Whyte is employed by the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy.


He says a new study on Aboriginal people both as victims and offenders shows how certain economic and social factors seem to be associated with a higher risk of criminal victimization and offending.


Some of those include the fact aboriginal people are more likely to live in crowded conditions and have a lower level of education.


He adds the proposed Conservative policy of handing out longer sentences simply won’t work.


Whyte says rage and frustration with social and economic conditions are largely what’s behind crime by many aboriginal offenders.