The Penal Press - A History of Prison from Within

Mission Messenger – July/August 1995 - July/August 1995

Release description:

This issue showcases articles which advocate for prisoners’ psychological and physical health. Specifically, a former prisoner pens his views opposing the judicial review of life sentences under S745 of the Criminal Code and related issues of Bill C-225  including statistics from successful applicants of the fifteen year review. As well you will  find a detailed academic critique illuminating the detriments of double-bunking. Researched and well-referenced with statistics, this piece reveals prisoner vulnerabilities to life threatening events: prison escapes, suicide, violence, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Also, a prisoner’s letter supports healthy relationships between prisoners and staff and their importance in post carceral successes. 

KEYWORDS: overcrowding, human rights, crime victims, IRA, prisoner justice day, prison deaths, suicide rate, preferential treatment

Coded by: Kelly E Marshall