Considering Gladue factors in corrections
Gladue principles are about recognizing that the social determinants of crime, aka Gladue factors, have had a disproportionate impact on Indigenous people in Canada. They apply across the entire criminal justice system. Correctional decision makers can apply fair treatment to Indigenous offenders, recognize the unique social history and culture of Indigenous Peoples, advance the prospects for healing, and work toward eventual release.
To ensure the fair treatment of Indigenous people, correctional officials can take Gladue factors into account in relation to:
- Intake and assessment
- Case planning
- Security classification
- Parole Board of Canada hearings (full and day parole)
- Community release planning
- Disciplinary decisions (including administrative segregation)
- Statutory release
The Gladue Principles: A Guide to the Jurisprudence
The BC First Nations Justice Council is pleased to announce the launch of its highly anticipated new book, The Gladue Principles: A Guide to the Jurisprudence, by Professor Benjamin Ralston.
The development of this book was commissioned by the BCFNJC with the goal of spurring greater action to implement Gladue principles across the country. Our hope is that this guide will serve as an important cornerstone in supporting this essential work. The book is provided free of charge below via a PDF download along with four user guides, depending on area of use.
The Gladue Principles: A Guide to the Jurisprudence (full book)
Gladue Principles Executive Summary for Judges
Gladue Principles User Guide for Crown Counsel
Gladue Principles User Guide for Defence Counsel