Rise in female, aboriginal inmates alters prison population: StatsCan

A rising number of inmates at correctional facilities across Canada are females and aboriginal people, a change that poses a unique challenge for jails, a Statistics Canada report says.

The report released Monday provides a portrait of the changing face of adults at both federal and provincial facilities over the past decade ending in 2006/07.

It found that overall more adults are spending time in provincial or territorial jails awaiting a trial or sentencing, but fewer are being housed there to serve a sentence.

The number of inmates at federal prisons, where those convicted of sentences two years or longer are incarcerated, has grown steadily in the past decade.

But the fraction of the prison populations made up by aboriginal people and women has seen a constant increase in the 10 years.

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