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Our prisons are full of men

By Britney Dennison      

It’s Canadian Men’s Health Week, a time to remember that 93 per cent of federal inmates are men. Many are from minorities and struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues.

In Canada there is a lack of public support systems in place that would help prevent people from entering the justice system in the first place, writes Britney Dennison. Photograph courtesy of Michael Coghlan
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As viewers start binge-watching the new season of Orange in the New Black, they might be forgiven for missing one of the most startling facts about prison life. In federal prisons in both Canada and the United States, 93 per cent of people behind bars are men. What the Netflix show does do well is show how prison disproportionately affects minorities, people struggling with substance abuse, and those with mental health challenges. The statistics out of Canada paint

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