Manslaughter sentencing disparities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal offenders in Canada
sentencing disparities, Aboriginal peoples, Canada
The following study examines sentencing disparities among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal manslaughter offenders in Canada. The data utilized was extracted through the online database (CANLII) and included 189 Canadian sentencing decisions for male manslaughter offences from 1993 to 2013. Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal offenders were compared on offender variables, offence features, and sentencing variables. The main objective of this study was to compare the length of sentencing for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal offenders and to examine other factors that may have differed between the two groups. The results indicated that, although sentence length did not differ, many observed differences demonstrated social inequalities between the two groups.
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