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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - Saturday, February 77, 7973 On the inside Censorship part of prison security Slurp! This is the kind of day it was-wet and windy. The word spring might be mentioned except that such wishful thinking could jinx one of mildest winters in years. The weatherman predicts more slurping Weather Sunday. HEINITZ PRINTERS & STATIONERS LTD. 324 9th St. .� FOR YOUR COMPLETE Phone 328-1778 r Invitations 9 Announcement* (24 Hour Service If Necessary)  Bride Boo its 9 Thank You Cards 6 Napkins r Matches We provide complimentary personalized head tqble place cards with each orderl FREE CUSTOMER PARKING NEW TO YOU 415 2nd AVE. S. FEBRUARY SPECIAL MEN'S SUHS and JACKETS y2 PRICE English prof, to Ireland An English professor at the University of Lethbridge will present a paper on the plays of Sean O'Casey at Cork, Ireland, this summer during a conference of the International Association for itba Study of Anglo-Irish Literature. Dr. E. H. Mikhail will attend the conference August 27 to 31. The TJ of L professor joined the English department here in 1967 after graduating from the University of Sheffield, England, with a doctorate degree in 1966. By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer All mail sent to, or by, prisoners at the Lethbridge Correctional Institute is censored by prison officials, with the exception of letters to the provincial ombudsman. Warden Leslie Fisher said in a Herald Interview that this Is. done as a security precaution. It is also helpful, he said, in determining what problems an inmate has. The prison also places limitations on reading material-no alternate or underground newspapers are allowed into the prison, but the warden did say that daily newspapers and magazines are not censored. Prisoners are allowed to watch television and listen to the radio, and no restrictions are placed on what shows they can watch. Newspaper The prisoners, through the' Inmate Advisory Committee, publish a monthly newspaper, The Outlook and articles in the paper are also censored. All criticisms of the prison administration must be cleared by the prison administration before they can be printed, Warden Fisher said. The warden meets once a month with the eight members of the committee, who are appointed by the staff, discussing programs, problems, and matters of mutual concern. The correctional institute offers many programs designed to rehabilitate the prisoners, but Warden Fisher said the biggest stumbling block to rehabilitation is the length of sentence of most of his prisoners. The majority of inmates at the Lethbridge jail are serving sentences under 30 days. For the year ending March 31, 1972, the jail had registered only 33 prisoners serving sentences between 12 months and two years, less one day. Any prisoner receiving a sentence in excess of two years is automatically sent to a federal penitentiary. Cell row Inside the province's oldest jail Natives Statistics also indicate that native people fill from 30 to 60 per cent of the cells. Most of the jail population is made up of repeat violators on liquor charges. In addition to work schedules, there is a teacher on staff who handles up - grading courses, mostly at the junior high school level. The average education of the prisoners, from the year - end report filed last year, is Grade 8, but some inmates - S3 last year - are illiterate, while some have college or university training. Prisoners wishing to complete post-secondary training are allowed under the day parole system to attend classes at either R.W.Y. UPHOLSTERING PHONE 328-5257 the university, or at Lethbridge Community College. Granting of day parole, while taking into account the individual's wishes, is also based on the security risk of the prisoner. School Brice Brown, the prison teacher, has 14 inmate students taking classes from Grade 4 level to Grade 12 matriculation. He also has one student taking a power-engineering correspondence course from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. The jail also runs a barber-ing and hair-styling course, but again the usual short sentence length prevents this program from being of advantage to most of the prisoners. The jail's kitchen is manned almost entirely by the prisoners, with a supervisory staff of three. Chef Jack Soltys told The Herald that the time spent cooking can be taken as credit for training programs outside the jail. Prisoners working fa the kitchen, and doing other work around the jail - such as laundry and washing floors - get paid, according to a four-level pay scale. The basic pay Is $2.10 per week, out of which 70 cents must be saved. Maximum pay The most a prisoner can earn, if he is a>-operative, is $5.25 per week, with compulsory savings of $2.80. During the summer months, the jail operates a cannery, which supplies the jail all winter with canned vegetables. All produce used in the cannery is grown on prison grounds, by the inmates. Prisoners may also work for local businesses on a day parole system, and are paid at prevailing wage scales. The Lethbridge jail also ac< commodates an Alcoholics Anonymous chapter and runs a course for impaired drivers. Warden Fisher countered criticisms that jails are too soft on prisoners, saying "you could put a man in the most luxurious hotel in Lethbridge and it would still be punishment." Whenever someone's freedom is taken away that person is being punished, he said. Oldest jail The jail, built in 1911, is the oldest institution of its kind in the province. It has a capa city of about 160, but the usual prison population ' stands at about 110, compared to 240 four years ago. Warden Fisher credited the decrease in the number of inmates to changes in the method of handling drunks, and changes in sentencing and bail. Under the revised Liquor Control Act, drunks may now. be picked up by police, held overnight, and released. The warden said that a jail sentence can often be of value to an alcoholic. Some of them come into the Martin Bros. Funeral Homes Ltd. (2nd GENERATION) Serving South Alberta for over half a century (1922-7972) Presents . . . THE SUNDAY HOUR LETHBRIDGE ALLIANCE CHURCH FAMILY CHOIR Director, MR. JAKE LO0WEN - Accompanist, MRS. JOAN FLETCHER SUNDAY, FEB. 18 - 9.-30 to 10 a.m. and J1�35 p.m. to 12.05 a.m. CJOC-TV Ch. 7 THE TRADITIONAL CHAPEL THE MEMORIAL CHAPEL 812 3rd Avenue South 703 J 3th Street North 2nd GENERATION FUNERAL DIRECTORS AND ADMINISTRATIVE COUNSELLORS FOR PRE-ARRANOEMENTS (Authorized by the Alberta Government Security Commission) jail and they are filthy, he said. They are cleaned up and issued with clean clothes. They get proper meals, and if they nave medical problems, those are dealt with too. The prison brings in a doctor three days a week, and a dentist twice a week. All required dental work is provided free if the prisoner does, not have adequate personal funds, and all prescribed medication is supplied without charge. "Quite often, they leave healthier than when they came in," the warden said. "You might say they have been fixed.up in.spite of themselves - because they don't look after themselves when they're outside." 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