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originally posted by: Propagandalf
Canada has a two-tiered justice system. While most Canadians are sent to their appropriate prisons on account of their crimes and sentences, indigenous women in particular can choose to be sent to what are known as “Healing lodges” on account of their race and gender.
This has been occurring since at least the early 90’s. But the practice has received much attention as of late when it was revealed that Terri-Lynne McClintic, who is serving a life sentence for the brutal rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl, was transferred to one of these healing lodges instead of spending the rest of her days at a traditional prison.
The government of Canada describes healing lodges as follows:
“Aboriginal Healing Lodges are correctional institutions where we use Aboriginal values, traditions and beliefs to design services and programs for offenders. We include Aboriginal concepts of justice and reconciliation. The approach to corrections is holistic and spiritual. Programs include guidance and support from Elders and Aboriginal communities.”
Here is a video of one such lodge, the “Willow Cree Healing Lodge”.
Though designed with the indigenous women in mind, non-indigenous people can weasel their ways in so long as they follow the indigenous “healing” aspects of the program, including taking guidance and support from Elders. It is unknown whether McClintic is herself indigenous.
These facilities are not designed to house violent rapists and child-killers such as McClintic. These facilities are without fences and security is minimum. Worse, children and at-risk individuals seeking rehabilitation can be found in the same facility. Nonetheless, figures show that more than 20 child killers were sent to these healing lodges since 2011 under both Conservative and Liberal governments. 15 offenders have escaped over the last five years.
Healing lodges were built to improve the over representation of indigenous people in Canadian prisons. The Canadian government, always worried about its image, doesn’t like how such a turnout looks. What will others think?
Because Canada loves to overcompensate for its historic treatment of the indigenous peoples, its collective guilt for colonialism, disguising it behind campaigns of public relations and virtue-signalling, it is no wonder it would subvert its own justice system in order to do so. If this means operating a two-tiered justice system, resorting to race-based preferential treatment, so be it.
But, because of the outrage over the most recent case, McClintic has since been sent back to a traditional prison, where she’ll have to manage holistic and spiritual healing on her own and without the help of any elders or the Canadian tax-payer.
originally posted by: teapot
a reply to: highvein
Be even better if there were healing for the broken child, virginity and innocence restored. Instead, all she got was terror, pain and death, her life snuffed to satisfy the inhumanity of the rapist and murderer. But too many people care only for the transgressor, who made the choice to deserve nothing.
It’s not clear how effective they are
Aboriginal healing lodges are a response to the disproportionate number of Indigenous people behind bars and an attempt to address concerns that “mainstream prison programs do not work for Aboriginal offenders,” according to information from CSC’s website. They use a “holistic and spiritual” approach, including “guidance and support from Elders and Aboriginal communities.”
But research into their effectiveness has shown mixed results. A 2013 government backgrounder claims that the recidivism rate for offenders who’d completed programs at three Aboriginal healing lodges was six per cent, less than the national rate of 11 per cent. But a 2001 government analysis reported a 19 per cent rate of recidivism for healing lodge residents, compared to 13 per cent for Indigenous offenders released from minimum-security facilities.
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