Sentencing Aboriginal Offenders: A Study of Court of Appeal Decisions in Light of Section 718.2 (e) of the Canadian Criminal Code

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Title: Sentencing Aboriginal Offenders: A Study of Court of Appeal Decisions in Light of Section 718.2 (e) of the Canadian Criminal Code
Authors: Dugas, Andrée
Date: 2013
Abstract: Section 718.2 (e)’s directive to canvass all available sanctions other than imprisonment that are reasonable in the circumstances, with particular attention to the circumstances of Aboriginal offenders was to be given real force. This study’s goal was therefore to identify what considerations may be impeding or encouraging the application of section 718.2 (e)’s directive through a constructivist discourse analysis of 33 court of appeal cases. The study has mapped trends and influences which weigh strongly on sentencing judges in the decision-making process and considerations that are affecting the application of this provision. Prohibitive and permissive dimensions of the Gladue case were identified related to the application of section 718.2 (e), creating competing ideals in the application of the provision. Modern Penal Rationality (MPR) underpinned many of the judges’ justifications. However, unforeseen considerations were also noted. Ultimately, MPR, dominates the sentencing calculus and diminishes section 718.2 (e)’s application and alternative/restorative potential.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/23793
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-6450
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