Most of Canada’s prisoners have never been convicted of anything. Why are they in jail? – The Globe and Mail

July 21, 2015 -

On any given day in Canada, there are more innocent people in prison than guilty ones.

By “innocent people,” we mean those who have been accused of a crime and are being held on remand, awaiting a bail hearing or a trial. Across the country, 55 per cent of prisoners in provincial and territorial jails are not behind bars because of a conviction.