The Penal Press - A History of Prison from Within

Tarpaper - February 1978

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SUMMARY: This issue opens with an exploration of the roots and contemporary features of “convict poetry”, identifying how imprisonment can amplify or awaken a need for free expression. Articles critique the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and refer to its history of political agendas, secrecy, involvement in illegal activities, and discipline for its members inconsistent with the law. The effectiveness of scientific jury selection is discussed, including how its cost and subsequent unavailability to most citizens amounts to justice being available at a price few can afford. An article on Matsqui’s theatre society informs readers of its recent public and critical acclaim, the cooperation and support of the Vancouver Playhouse, and the announcement that the University of Victoria will recognize the activities of the group as an accredited course leading to a Fine Arts degree.

KEYWORDS: Oscar Wilde, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, Lorne and Caroline Brown, An Unauthorized History of the RCMP, RCMP Security and Intelligence Branch (S & I), RCMP Quarterly, Vancouver vagrancy laws, Oakalla for Women, Institutional Theatre Productions (ITP)

Coded by Kayla Fulton