FAS offenders should not go to jail: activists

Advocates are calling on the federal government to look for solutions to keep FAS offenders out of jail.

APTN National News
Fetal Alcohol syndrome is a problem that affects hundreds of lives.

It’s now being shown that it is also clogging the justice system.

FAS is a mental disorder caused by mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy.

Many people affected by this disorder end up in Canada’s prisons and a large number are Aboriginal.

Advocates are now calling on the federal government to look for solutions to keep FAS offenders out of jail.

APTN National News reporter Annette Francis explains why.

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Before moving to become the APTN News social media producer, Mark was the executive producer for the news in eastern Canada. Before starting with APTN in 2009, Mark worked at CBC Radio and Television in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ottawa.