The Penal Press - A History of Prison from Within

The Mission Messenger - 1987

  • Name:The Mission Messenger
  • Date:1987
  • Institution: Mission Medium Security Institution
  • Topics: Crime Statistics, Entertainment, Gender Issues, Human Rights, International issues, Mental Health, Post-Carceral Issues, Views on Incarceration, Violence and Abuse of Power,
  • Release Description:

    In this issue you’ll find a descriptive write up about a pilot art therapy program entitled “The Role of Art in the Special Unit”. Written by Scotland’s first art therapist Joyce Laing, the program inspired artist Jimmy Boyle, a prisoner at Glasgow’s Barlinnie High Security Prison Special Unit. Another piece focuses on the psychiatric care of women and how the goals of the psychiatry’s medical model impede individual autonomy and efforts to make social change.  Drug use and abuse as well as the laws which regulate drugs in America is the subject of another substantial article. Also of note is a lengthy article linking Huxleys “Brave New World” to historical and current carceral trends in Canada.

    KEYWORDS: dystopia, psychiatry, solitary confinement, “pathological liars anonymous”, patriarchy, feminism, powerlessness, H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell

    Coded by: Kelly E Marshall