What is a Gladue Report?
Jamie Gladue, an Aboriginal woman, was charged with second-degree murder after she killed her fiancé. She was subsequently convicted of manslaughter.
The trial judge sentenced her to 3 years imprisonment. Jamie appealed her sentence unsuccessfully and continued her appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The Supreme Court has recognized that the number of Anishinaabe people being sent to jail has increased significantly over the last several decades because of the racism Aboriginal people face within the justice system.
A Gladue Report is a document that gives the Judge information he/she needs to make the best decision possible when setting bail or sentence.
Role of Gladue:
- To prepare and complete Gladue report, at the bail stage or sentencing stage, when a request is approved
- To interview the Anishinaabe offender about his/her background information, his/her immediate family and extended family members, as well as, others from his/her community
- To make recommendations for alternative sentencing, other imprisonment such as restorative justice, healing circles, culturally appropriate treatment options