Combining qualitative research, personal experience, and scholarly literature Ross Green looks at the evolution of the Canadian criminal justice system and the values upon which it is based against the Aboriginal concepts of justice. Using his personal experiences as a defence lawyer, case studies of several communities, as well as interviews with judges, prosecutors, community leaders, and participants in sentencing circles, sentencing panels, and mediation committees, Green approaches the criminal justice system from multiple angles. Against this backdrop, he analyzes the successes of and challenges to the innovative sentencing approaches currently evolving in Aboriginal communities.
Ross Green holds a degree in commerce, and Bachelor and Master of Laws degrees. He has practised law in several of the communities described in this book and has advocated for the kind of sentencing alternatives he describes. He taught sentencing at the Saskatchewan Bar Admission Course and has taught a course on Alternatives to Criminal Justice for the University of Regina. He currently lives in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, where he is a Provincial Court Judge. He is also the co-author with Kearney Healy of Tough on Kids: Rethinking Approaches to Youth Justice (Purich Publishing, 2003), which won a Saskatchewan Book Award for scholarly writing.