The Penal Press - A History of Prison from Within

Tarpaper - 1972

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The decriminalization of drugs is featured in this issue.  Dr. Thomas Szasz makes a convincing argument for free trade in drugs; the members of the Bridgeview Jaycees push for allowing heroin prescriptions; and Peter Drucker contends that the criminalization of drugs is responsible for society’s ills.  There is also an excerpt from the Le Dain Commission of Inquiry into the Non-Medical Use of Drugs.  The School of Social Work at UBC initiates a project aimed at assisting prisoners with their re-entry into the community and the opening of the regional psychiatric unit is announced. 

KEYWORDS: temporary absence program, Law Reform Commission Act, China, acupuncture, “re-education”, drugs, methadone, heroin maintenance, John Stuart Mill

Coded by: Nicole Arbuckle