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New bail and supervision programs in Dryden, Sioux Lookout and Pikangikum are in the works.

Emilie Smith from the Ministry of the Attorney General says they're in addition to the one being set up in Kenora. The new offices are designed to streamline the legal process, reduce wait times for court appearances and reduce the need for indigenous people to come into Kenora.

Ultimately, the province is hoping the measures will also reduce the number of street people, who get stranded in municipalities while waiting for legal matters to be settled. The measures stem in part from the recommendations of the coroner's inquest into the death of Gloria Assin.

The Grassy Narrows member died in 2012. Last summer's inquest made a number of recommendations about the need to coordinate services and streamline services.

The Ministry for Comunity Safety and Correctional Services also announced a series of reforms in the spring. After a strike was averted in early 2016, the province committed to hiring more staff, in an effort to improve conditions at the jail. The ministry says they've hired 30 staff since 2013.

For more information:

Sweeping bail system changes

Lessons from the Assin inquest

Assin Inquest - Draft recommendations

Corrections reforms

A look at Kenora's jail

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