The Penal Press - A History of Prison from Within

Tightwire - May-August 1978

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SUMMARY: This issue discusses the influx of prisoners applying to see their files under the Canadian Human Rights Act, the history and public misunderstanding of the Doukhobors, the improvements to Millhaven’s special handling units following protest, the avoidance of life sentences by feminist prison activists following an attempted break out, and the conviction of Leonard Peltier. Additionally, injustices against aboriginal peoples, the potential use of halfway houses prior to prison, the difficulties of navigating and coping with the legal system, and the outdated and overcrowded prisons in the Canadian penal system are considered. The significance of the terms resident, inmate, and prisoner are detailed and the inhumanity of solitary confinement, the murders of prisoners at McNeil Island Correctional centre, and drug control in Peru and Canada are addressed. This edition also includes statistics on crime rates in Kingston, a newsletter from the Elizabeth Fry Society, as well as a report on the entertainment, annual Family Day, and Pow-Wow at P4W.

KEYWORDS: Millhaven, the Robert and Glen Landers Memorial Trust Fund for Prisoners and Ex-Inmates, bail, Doukhobors, recidivism, Prisoners’ Rights Group, Native American Equal Opportunity Act, Elizabeth Fry Society, Canadian Human Rights Act, half-way houses, Native Sisterhood.

Coded by Claire Hall