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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Fourth Section The lethbndge Hera Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, September 11, 1974 Pages 35 to 44 Cells, armed guards have no in new prison By TIM REITERMAN PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) As rock music drums from a juke box, young men and women chat in patio chairs overlooking an emerald lake. Others play cards or drowse in the sun near their dor- mitories. They are not students on a college campus. They are con- victed bank robbers, air pirates, narcotics smugglers and forgers doing time in the newest federal prison. Neither cells nor armed guards have a place in the million minimum security federal youth centre here where men and women socialize and work together. The only non negotiable rules are no drugs, no sex and no es- cape. "We're trying to create an environment as close to the outside world as possible, so that an individual can function properly in society when he said warden Walter Lumpkin. "We want the people, staff and accept responsiblility for their actions. "During our first few weeks of operations, our biggest problem has been a natural thing sex but not to the extent Lumpkin said in an interview. "We need to come to an agreement on a code of conduct and physical contact. Right now, they're allowed to hold hands but only momentarily." The penalty for doing more than holding hands ranges from restriction of privileges to transfer to another prison. The warden makes the final decision on joint staff prisoner recommendations. Aside from combatting Herald- Family homosexuality, co education has contributed to a spirit of teamwork, the warden said. "It's great. When the gals work fast, the guys try harder. And there's plenty of work to do to get this place in shape." After a two month delay caused by a construction strike, the prison opened July 1 in the often sweltering grasslands of the Livermore .Valley, 40 miles southeast of San Francisco. The co ed staff of correctional officers and counsellors came to work in overalls. They worked with prisoners cleaning up and moving in while construction continued on parts of the. 10 acre compound. "They take pride in the place so I do said Adolphus Washington, 22, a convicted forger. "Everybody's falling into place like a big family." Gesturing toward his mod shoes, Washington said: "Be- ing able to wear street clothes helps you feel like a person. And having the ladies around relaxes the atmosphere." The prison's casual am- bience is enhanced by design of its buildings, with swept wing or angular rooflines, en- circling a small man made lake which the warden plans to stock with fish. Interiors are dominated by natural wood, bright carpets and live- ly wallpaint. There's not a JOSEPH HAIR STYLES 922 S Ave. No. Phone 328-7366 SPECIALS UNIPERM CutandSatincliiiM FROSTING Set and Conditioner Included. Joe, Roseann, Maxine and Mary Lynn remind you... "If your hair is not becoming to you, you should be coming to us." JOSEPH HAIRSTYLES 922 -5th Ave. No. Phont 32S-7366 single cell bar to be found, even in the "segregation cells." The air conditioned dor- mitories feature billiards, shuffleboard and television plus counselling rooms. Each will house 60 prisoners by September, with three dorms for men and one for women. All residents have a private room with a window, desk and bed, to decorate as they wish. "The people have a key to their own room and are responsible for keeping it Lumpkin said. "And they have an alarm clock. We don't want to go around knock- ing on doors to get them to work." Establishing constructive work habits is the main goal, with plenty of landscaping, painting, plumbing, food ser- vice work and cleaning to be done. Prisoners put in an eight hour day five days a week on jobs and vocational or educational courses. Evenings and weekends are free for dances, picnics, sports and other recreation. Although correctional of- ficers are armed only with walkie talkies, the Youth Centre is a prison. A constant reminder is a surrounding 12 foot high fence guarded by an electric eye beam. Some residents offered favorable comparisons of the Youth Centre and- their former prison addresses. "It's hard to find any com- plaints said Pauline Merimar, 25, a former model convicted of smuggling mari- juana from Mexico. "But one is that the women and men should be allowed to live in the same buildings. We can get birth control pills now at the dispensary for eventual furloughs, though so they're more realistic here." Debbie South, 21, a con- victed bank robber, was skep- tical. "To me the prison system is the same anywhere" you go, no matter what the trimmings are. People come in and see the nice architec- ture and think, 'Oh, what a nice place to do time.' But what's more important is how things are run. I'm under more security and scrutiny here than when I was in max- imum." GOOD WITH FRUIT Chicken salad goes well with a garnish of seedless green grapes and drained canned Mandarin oranges. CANADIAN FURRIERS Fill winters with a thousand beau sights from our magnificent collection of fine mink. Whether you1 choose a luxurious full length coat, a snappy topper, a chic jacket or a ioveJy stole, you're sure to find just "your mink" in this seasons shades of pastel dark ranch, demi buff, pearl, black shadow, sapphire violet and many more. Our entire collection priced from to CcnMfa Mifntic Mink Rvldtor Shop ThunKUr 9 pm CANADIAN FURRIERS u IN A TRADITION OF QUALITY" PARAMOUNT THEATRE BLDO. 4Vi AVENUE SOUTH Stewart Washes mummy's dress The clothing of an Egyptian mummy is straightened out at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto by Dr. Nicholas Millett, left, curator of the Egyptology department; John Vollmer, assistant curator of the textile department; and Mark Burnham, textile conservator at the museum. Scientists at the museum used cold water, a mild detergent and plenty of delicacy to clean the tunic. No threat should be taken lightly Suicides can be foreseen OTTAWA (CP) In most cases, it is possible to foresee that a person plans to commit suicide if the signs are read properly, says Dr. Edwin Schneidman. Dr. Schneidman, co-founder of the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Centre, told a workshop on suicide spon- sored by the Ottawa Distress Centre that individuals contemplating suicide always emit some kind of signal, con- sciously or unconsciously. A professor of medical psy- chology at the University of California, Los Angeles, he said a change in behavior may be significant. Depression might be such a warning but suicide and depression were not always totally connected. Having decided on suicide, a person was often relaxed and not at all depressed, having found "a perfect solution to whatever problem he is facing." Volunteers at the Ottawa Distress Centre received 965 calls in 1973 that they classed as suicidal. Dr. Schneidman said volunteers should remember that "the patient is always telling the truth, even when he is lying." While it was not necessary to believe everything the patient said, it was important to digest it. Many persons threatening or even attempting suicide have no intention, at that point, of killing themselves but it is a poor approach to become angry with them, he said. No suicide threat should be taken lightly. It indicated '.'a psychological crisis, even though it may not be of major proportions." Jack-of-all-trades honored BUI Buchan of Claresholm, the jack-of-all trades at the Inter Varsity's Pioneer Ranch Camp at Sundre, was honored by the campers at a special Bill Buchan night, when his story, published in The Herald, was read at the campfire with the kids joining in the strains of "For He's A Jolly Good Fellow." Bill, in appreciation, has composed a song dedicated to the camp. And speaking of the work of Inter Varsity, the used book table at the U of L has been doing a brisk business this past week with the 10 per cent handling charges going to assist Inter Var- sity efforts overseas. Summer's conclusion doesn't spell an end to camping for Inter Varsity buffs. Off to Pioneer Ranch Camp at Rocky Mountain House this past weekend (where they had two inches of snow, incidentally) were Donna Pruden of Kate Andrews High School, Pat Thomsen and George Byer of LCI along with Cheryl Stewart of the U of L and Larry Kirkpatrick, local direc- tor. The high school branch of Inter Varsity, known as The Seekers at LCI, will sponsor a panel on the subject, "What is this coming Friday at noon. When you canoe in the Grass River Provincial Park, north of Le Pas, you have to be prepared for anything and everything, according to 19 year old Gary Dyck, who with former Lethbridge pal Allen Wiebe of Calgary, has completed a 12 day, 200 mile canoe and portage trip down the Grass River from Cranberry Portage to Snow Lake. Equipped with a 16 foot fibreglass canoe and adequate provisions the pair portaged as many as 10 miles per day, slept in a plastic lean to, caught pike and pickerel by the minute and dipped their paddles to the calls of wolves and loons. They were heading across calm Reid Lake (noted for pike) when a sudden squall left them knee deep in water with every second wave dumping churning water into their lurching canoe. They finally made it safely to a small island where they camped two days until the storm receded. At one point, believing they had merely four miles to go to reach their destination they found themselves with- still three hours of paddling after darkness fell. Apart from wet weather, unexpected snow and swarms of mosquitoes and flies the voyageurs report a wonder- ful trip during which Gary, an enthusiastic, amateur photographer took more than 40 pictures. John and Janet Still's sign "It's oor ain" hanging on their gate at 1835 7th Ave. N., could be the envy of many a would be homeowner in these days of inflated home prices. When the Ron Butcher family camped at Gitson campsite on the Gitson Indian Reserve, near Hazelton, B.C. they hadn't anticipated their presence would engender such excitement. When the native people (members of Ron's former Hazelton corps) heard of their presence they feted them with Indian dances in the Community House in the Gitson Village, treated them to delicious baked steelhead, cohoe and spring salmon and even feted wife Vera with a large, decorated cake on her birthday. Rhonda Butcher, eldest daughter of Captain and Mrs. Ron Butcher, won the Col. A. Simester gold medal for the best per- formance in the Junior Bible program at the Salvation Army's annual summer music camp held at Pine Lake. Rhonda's cousin, Ruth Given of Peterborough, Ont., won the gold medal in the timbrel section and another local miss. Shannon Hooper, daughter of Mrs. Fay Hooper, captured second place in the vocal section. Gordon Lowe, local school principal served as a director. The East Glacier Senior Citizens from Cutbank, Mont.. were guests last week at the city's drop in centre. 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