Odyssey, Vol.1, No.4
Contact Dave McCauley - Periodical profile published 1979
Publisher: Odyssey, Social Development Department, Millhaven Penitentiary, Bath, Canada
Year Published: 1979
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX927
Odyssey is a prison journal containing brief articles, reflections and poems by prisoners at Millhaven Penitentiary, as well as by a few people outside the prison.
Abstract: Odyssey is a prison journal containing brief articles, reflections and poems by prisoners at Millhaven Penitentiary, as well as by a few people outside the prison. The journal is published six times a year by an editorial committee of about twenty-five prisoners. The journal faces numerous difficulties in publishing, including administrative obstacles and withholding of publishing support services normally given prison publications.
Practically all the articles published describe structures of life within the prison or the correctional services system. Some of these articles look at the treatment of prisoners, others describe the parole system's impact on prisoners' morale and others indicate that executions have not reduced the level of crime, any more than harsh treatment of prisoners has helped them behave more responsibly. Figures from 1970 to 1976 indicate that the fewer the paroles granted prisoners, the higher the percentage who return to prison after being granted parole.
One of the hidden realities of prison life is the wage given for work. Many prisons have facilities which allow some prisoners to be "gainfully" employed. In Joyceville prisoners can earn the minimum wage for shop work, while in Millhaven, for practically the same work, a prisoner earns from $1.00 to $1.40 a day. The prisoners have recommended that the minimum wage be paid for prison work, so that prisoners can help support their families and have an incentive to work.
$4.00 per year.