The Penal Press - A History of Prison from Within

Cemetery Road – August 1985 - August 1985

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SUMMARY: This edition features articles from mainstream media outlets discussing prejudicial treatment of ‘ex-cons’, proposed changes to the mandatory supervision program, privatization of catering services, legislative violations of prisoners’ constitutional rights, and a Brazilian prison’s “death lottery” protesting overcrowding. Articles report statistics regarding the financial cost of incarceration, prisoner demographics, deaths while incarcerated, and escapes. The 1980 New Mexico State Penitentiary riot is described in detail including an analysis of the circumstances surrounding it. Open letters, prose, and poetry explore themes of stigma, social justice, Indigenous rights, authority, and conformity.

KEYWORDS: John Howard Society, George Brown, Ontario Human Rights Commission, Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canada Elections Act,  Christian fellowship groups, Brazilian “death lottery”, Francophone group

Coded by Kayla Fulton