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People who live here in the Prairies know that its future landmarks are more likely to be jails than grain elevators Here it has become fact that a male aboriginal has a better chance of going to jail than graduating from high school It is an area aside from the territories that incarcerates at the highest rate in Canada It is a place where prisons could likely become the primary industry And it is true that this industry of a sort is booming Its total offender population reached an all-time high in one recent year of 12000 Native incarcerates out of an overall total of 30000 A study of Canadas correctional facilities done in 1996 showed it was operating over-capacity at a stifling 113 per cent Each province has its own rate of incarceration but the Prairie provinces all have the highest numbers In Manitoba the total number of inmates is 1393 The number of Native inmates is 822 This becomes a 59 rate in the jails In Saskatchewan the total number of inmates is 3850 The number of Native inmates is 2926 This becomes a 76 rate in the jails In Alberta the total number of inmates is 15491 The number of Native inmates is 5887 This becomes a 38 rate in the jails In British Columbia the total number of inmates is 9628 The number of Native inmates is 1926 This becomes a 20 rate in the jails These rates are very high when compared to Ontario Quebec or Newfoundland In Ontario there are 32815 inmates and only 328 of them are Native That works out to a low 10 In Quebec there are a total of 21735 inmates in jails but only 435 Natives This works out at a rate of 2 Even lower is Newfoundland with 1199 inmates total and only 71 Native a very low 6 As you can see the problem lies in the Prairies There is also statistics
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