The Penal Press - A History of Prison from Within

Midnight Express - August 1980

  • Name:Midnight Express
  • Date:August 1980
  • Institution: Edmonton Institution
  • Topics: Correctional Policies, Entertainment, Gender Issues, Human Rights, Mental Health, Prisoner Struggles, Prisoner’s Families, Religion and Spirituality, Sports, Views on Incarceration,
  • Release Description:

    SUMMARY: An editorial reply to Commissioner of Corrections D.R. Yeomans response to a previous editorial, which compared prisoners to slaves, discusses prisoner’s rights and penitentiary staff interpreting policy. Clare Culhane addresses concerns around conjugal visits and points out gender biases and assumptions of a sexual nature in the predominant conversations regarding these visits. Another editorial contemplates social control, and unequal distribution of wealth, privilege, and opportunity in society. Letters and articles reflect on the benefits of a family day event that was planned, run, and paid for by the prisoners.

    KEYWORDS: Handbook on Inmate’s Rights, “231a inmate”, Penitentiary Service Regulations, Canadian Human Rights Act, Penitentiary Act, Seven Steps, Prisoners’ Rights Group, Conjugal Visit Program

    Coded by Kayla Fulton