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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, December 9, 1970 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - 7 Inmates have sports 'frills' other activities New prison gains reputation as 'cure' centre By GLENNIS ZILM DRUMHELLER, Alta. (CP) - Taxpayers sometimes complain when they hear the Drumheller medium security penitentiaiy has its own pitch-and-putt golf course, baseball diamonds, football fields and cinder track. "Prills," they say. "It's a rest cure, not a prison." But Warden Pierre J. Ju-tras thinks these are essentials and could be one of the reasons why Drumheller is gaining a reputation among police and prison officials as a good place to "cure" criminals. Warden Jutras sees a prison as a re-training centre -not just a place where you lock a man up for years and years and then throw him back out even less prepared to meet the demands of society. The idea at Drumheller is to provide educational opportunities, work training and to take the prisoners out into the community. LITTLE TO DO "And why shouldn't there be recreational facilities?" asked one staff member. "What do you expect prisoners to do after they have put in their eight-hour day ironing shirts in the prison laundry? Sit night after night for three Ray Speaker addresses students COALDALE (HNS) - Social Development Minister Ray Sneaker addressed students at Kate Andrews High School here recently. Also in attendance was Douglas Miller, MLA for the Taber-Warner Constituency. Mr. Speaker told the students very shortly the Alberta govern ment will introduce legislation affecting the people aged 18. It will mean the age of responsibility will be lowered to 18. This will pertain eligibility to enter liquor bars, voting, marrying without parental con- sent, entering financial agreements, borrowing money to purchase a house or going into a business. IGNORING RESOURCE VANCOUVER (CP) - Canadians virtually are ignoring one of their great natural food resources-they should eat more fish, says Dick Garm, supervisor of the department of fisheries inspection branch here. Japanese eat 61.2 pounds of fish per capita annually, Swedes 47.5 pounds and Canadians only 13.2 pounds. or 10 or 12 years and watch television? Or watch the brick wall of the cell? Or riot?" Prisoners are human beings, and there is little to do even in a modern institution like Drumheller. "Serving time" is a descriptive phrase. Sport is one of the few things a prisoner can do. And all the facilities at Drumheller were built by the prisoners. They even laid a cinder track. Not that there are many complaints about the "frills" -e x c e p t when things go wrong, Warden Jutras said. "We had a little trouble here last fall. We had a murder. And following this a few of my confreres said to me, 'You're trying to do too much. We told you. See what happens.' ' "But these are few. I went to a police seminar last fall and was delighted to learn that the police are behind us in what we are doing." FEWER COME BACK It is hard to argue with success. About 40 to 50 per cent of prisoners released from federal prisons in Canada eventually end up back behind bars. But at Drumheller, the average has dropped to 10 to 12 per cent. Both Warden Jutras and his deputy, S. M. Serunton, are in favor 'of further reforms. Warden Jutras would like to be able to grant leave* of mere than three days when the occasion warrants it. He tried a six-day leave for one out-of-province prisoner earlier this year, but usually this has to be approved by the solicitor-general's department in Ottawa. He would also like to be able to send more prisoners out into the community to work. "But we have to consider the community's needs. Last year we had more of our prisoners out working for wages. But this year with the rise in unemployment generally in the area, it is harder to get jobs and there have been complaints when we fill jobs that might have been left open for the community's citizens." EARN REGULAR WAGE The penitentiary works through the manpower department, and a prisoner is only given the job if there are no other suitable applicants. The prisoner earns the regular wage rate and it goes into a savings account to be given to him on his release. Many employers won't hire prisoners, even with the guarantee of the warden behind them. Warden Jutras wants to work for greater interest in the problems of prisoners by union and management. He would also like to be able to lap some of the job markets in ^dnionton and Calgary. To do this, the penitentiary wculcl have to have the newest concept in prison reform -cmnmuniLy release centres. These are a kind-of half-way house, a pre-release centre. Prisoners are still formally in prison, not on parole. The prison, however, is a home in the city, usually an older house for about 14 prisoners. They must report back to the house every night, but they go out to work during Hie day. The poup is responsible for their own meals, entertainment, laundry and so on. GIVES THEM START "Most prisoners have a family to go to, a wife or job or something," the warden said. "But for those who haven't-and there are quite a few of them-we need the pre-release centres to help the m?n adjust." It gives the man a start bac�; i.i the community on the right foot. Otherwise, it's like throwing someone off a ship in the middle of the Pacific to see if he can swim. "But it's about time society learned that you just can't lock a person up for punishment and keep him in a dark hole away from society and expect to make a useful citizen out of him," the warden said. TIP TOP-CENTRE VILLAGE MALL ALE 3 DAYS ONLY - DECEMBER 10-11-12 Outstanding Value! 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