The Penal Press - A History of Prison from Within

Tarpaper – Jan/Feb 1979 - Jan/Feb 1979

  • Name:Tarpaper – Jan/Feb 1979
  • Date:Jan/Feb 1979
  • Institution: Matsqui Institution
  • Topics: Correctional Policies, Crime and Criminality, Educational or Vocational Training, Entertainment, Gender Issues, Judicial Process-Appeals, Mental Health, Parenting from prison, Penal Reforms, Rehabilitative- Reformative Programs, Sentencing, Views on Incarceration,
  • Release Description:

    SUMMARY: This issue reports news of a cabinet decision to reclassify Matsqui as maximum security and explores the problem of overcrowding in maximum security institutions in Canada. Articles examine the rationality of punishment with scrutiny of utilitarianism and retributivism, the failure of prisons to rehabilitate and subsequent need for alternatives to incarceration for non-dangerous offenders, the lasting negative impact on children whose mothers are incarcerated, and the value of Zen philosophy in balancing rational and intuitive thought. Editors address censorship of the magazine and lack of a summer break for prisoners in BC.

    KEYWORDS: BC Civil Liberties Association, rule utilitarianism, community correctional program, recidivism, mandatory sentences, mandatory minimum terms, (US) Model Sentencing Act, (US) National Council on Crime and Delinquency, New York State Governor’s Special Committee on Criminal Offenders

    Coded by Kayla Fulton