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Without screening or supports, offenders with FASD face revolving door of justice

The Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility Project

Without screening or supports, offenders with FASD face revolving door of justice

TRC called for reforms to address needs of offenders with FASD, and for prevention to be made a priority

By Kelly Malone, CBC News

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Russ Hilsher’s criminal record goes back more than a decade, to an assault charge in 2003. The 40-year-old has been in and out of jail for breaching conditions, other assaults and theft since.

On paper, Hilsher’s background tells a different story than the one the father of two talks about when he explains how he struggles to understand rules, laws and how to interact with police.

Originally from Ghost River, near the mouth of the Cheepay River in northeastern Ontario, Hilsher’s birth mother drank during her pregnancy. He was taken from her soon after and was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as a baby.

As a teenager he landed in a foster home in…

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