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Race matters when awaiting trial, data shows

Black people in Ontario spend more time in jail awaiting trial than white people, even when charged with the same type of crime, according to data recently released by the province.

Government officials admit it’s yet another systemic barrier faced by minorities as they manoeuvre through the justice system, and say they are working to find solutions.

But legal advocates say Ontario’s bail system has become one of the “most onerous in the country” and the province is simply offering a “colour-blind approach to a colour-coded problem.”

Source: https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2017/10/22/race-matters-when-awaiting-trial-data-shows.html (Article available in English only)