It looks like a community centre or a campus – inmates live in shared housing, wear their own clothes, order groceries once a week – but Kitchener’s Grand Valley Institution for Women is a prison. “We can walk around [between buildings],” an inmate tells me, “but we can’t leave.” We’re sitting in a gymnasium set up for a special International … Read More
Talk about dropping bars behind bars. Inmates at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener have released a 10-song music album, called “Undisclosed Location.” It’s the first album written and recorded at a federal women’s prison in Canada and part of the Pros and Cons Program. Founder of the program Hugh Christopher Brown tells 570 NEWS it all started … Read More
When she first walked through the doors of the music room at Grand Valley Institution for Women, Bayley didn’t know what to expect. “I never knew I was musically inclined,” she told CBC News. “I never played an instrument before in my life.” But when another inmate put a bass guitar in her hands and a microphone in front of … Read More
Listen to “Lost”, as shared by CBC Kitchener Waterloo’s The Morning Edition.
KITCHENER — The voices of inmates at Grand Valley Institution for Women will be heard around the world through a groundbreaking new album released online. It’s the first album written and recorded at a federal women’s prison in Canada, and available for anyone to listen for free. “I hope that the music first of all moves them on its own … Read More
“What does the rehabilitation of incarcerated people look like? Is it hard labour? Intensive counseling and soul-searching? Career training for eventual life on the outside? Chris Brown thinks he has a partial answer: prisoner rehabilitation looks a lot like making a record, which happens to incorporate all the above and plenty more.” — Samaritan Mag 18 August 2014 Read entire article at Samaritan … Read More
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