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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta WednMday, Decimber 9, 1970 - THE UTHBRIDOE HERAID - 7 Inmates have sports Hrills^ other activities Sew prison gains reputation as 'cure' centre By GLENMS ZILAI DRUMHELLER, Alia. (CP) - Taxpayers sometimes complain when they hear the Drumheller milium security penitentiary has its own pitch-and-putt golf course, baseball diamonds, football fields and cinder track. "Frills." they say, "It's a rest cure, not a prison." But Warden Pierre J. Ju-tras thinks these are essentials and couki be one of the reasons why Drumheller is gaining a reputation among police and prison officials as a good place to "cure" criminals. Warden .hitras .sees a prLson as a re-lralning centre -not just a place where you lock a man up for years and years and then throw him back out even less prepared lo 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. LIITLE TO DO "And why shouldn't there l)c recreational facilities?" asked one staff member. "What do you expect prisoners to do after they have put in their eight-hour day ironing slilrts in the prison laundry? Sit night after night for three Ray Speaker aiidresses students COALDAI^E (HNS) - Social Devetopment Minister Ray Sneaker addressed students at Kate Andrews High School here recently. Also in attendance was Douglas miler, MLA for the Taber-Wamcr Constituency. Mr. Speaker told the students very shortly the Alberta Rovcrr ment will introduce legislation affecting the people aged lit. It will mean the age of responsibility will l)e lowered to 18. TWs will pertain eligibility to enter liquor bars, voting, irarrylng without parental con- sent, entering financial agreements, borrowing money to purchase a house or going into a business. KJNOIIINC. KESUUitCi: VANCOUVER (CP) - Canadians virtually are ignoring one of Iheii- great natural food resources-Ihcy 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 )0 or 12 years and watch ' television? Or watch the biick wall of the cell? Or riot?" Prisoners are human beings, and there is little to do even in a modem institution like Drumheller. "Serving time" is a descriptive phrase. S|)orl is one of the few things a prisoner can do. And all the facilities at Drumheller wore built by the prisoners. They even laid a cinder track. Not that there arc many coniplalnLs about the "frills" -except when things go wrong, Warden ,KUras 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 arc behind us in what we are doing," fewer co:>ie back It is hard to argue with success. About 40 to 5() per cent of prisoners released from federal prisons in Canada evfintually 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. Scrunton. arc In favor 'of further reforms. Warden Jutras would like to be able to grant Icavw 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-genera's department in Ottawa. He would also like to be able to send more prisoners out into the community to work. "Hut we have to consider the community's needs. Last year we had more of our piis-onei-s out working for wages. But this year with the ri.se in unemployment generally In the area, it is harder to get jobs and thei-e 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 tlie manpower department, and a prisoner Ls only given the Job if there are no other suitable applicants. The prisoner earns the regular wage rate and it goes hito a sanngs account to be given to him on his release. Many employers wtjn't hire prisoners, even with the guarantee of the warden bdiind them. Warden Jutras wants to work for greater interest in the problems ot prisoners by union and management. He would also like to be able to tap soma of the job n>arkcls in '"(Imonlon and Calgai^. To do this, the penitentiary wcuUI lin\e to have the newest concept in prison reform -cnnununity release centres. The.se are a kind-of half-way house, a pre-release centre. Prisoners arc still formally In prison, not on parole. The prison, however, is a home in the city, usually an older house for alimit 14 prisoners. Tlicy nuist report back to the house evei-y night, but they go out to work during tiic day. The p-oup Is responsible for their own meals, entertainment, laundry and so on. give.s tiie:m .stabt "Mast prisoners have a family lo go to, a wife or joli or something," Uic w.irdcn 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 staii bai.. ..1 tlie community on (he right foot. Otherwise. It's like throwing someone off a ship In the middle of the Pacific to see if he can sudm. "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 p�iEiisTii5 aaiE 3 DAYS ONLY - DECEMBER 10-11-12 Outstanding Value! Men's Suits Single and Double Breasted Styles Step into the Festive Seoson ohead confidently "foshion-right" In one of these quality Tip Top suits. For three days only, they ore featured ot a substantial soving, tool Two and three button models with deep centre vent, side vents, ond o little wider lope! ore your choice in Bluet, Browns or Greys in stripes or checks. A good selection in Regular sizes 36-46; Tall sizes 38-46; ond Short 36-42. Single Breasted Models Double Breasted Models 3 DAY SPECIAL- $69-88 Timely Savings on Men's Topcoats These all wool worsted topcoats feature both Double ond Single Breosted styles with deep centre vent. Your choice of Browns, Greens and Navy in Regular sizes 36-46 and Tails 40-44. 3 DAY SPECIAL- $74.88 3 DAY SPECIAL- OFF Sport Coats & Blazers 52���64" Reg. up to 79.50 SALE PRICE FROM Sizes: 36-46 Reg. 39-46 Tall 37-42 Short All wool in fall shade, of Brown, Blue, Gre.n and Gold. 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