Photostory #197: B.C.'s Bold Venture at Haney

Gar Lunney
National Film Board of Canada
Release Date
February 17, 1959
CMCP fonds
Credit Line
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Main Text
Most men who go into prison eventually come out. With this sober fact uppermost in mind, the province of British Columbia set out to design a prison that would not only protect society during the period of the prisoner's confinement, but more importantly, would protect society against the day when the prisoner, his sentence completed, would be released. Whether he would return to the community a responsible adult, or only a more cautious criminal, depends on what is accomplished with the prisoner during his incarceration. The Haney Correctional Institution is a bold experiment designed to work with each prisoner on the basis of his individual needs and capacities with the goal of returning him to society not merely a more cautious criminal but a potentially productive citizen.