Pros and Cons produces original songs in prisons as a mentorship program focusing on rehabilitation and restorative justice.


Impact of the Pros and Cons Music Rehabilitation Program Continues to Grow Outside and Inside Prison Walls

Joyceville & Grand Valley Institution Release Second Collection of Songs – Paint In The Forest and Private Town

Kingston, Ontario — In 2012, Canadian multi-instrumentalist Hugh Christopher Brown received permission to go inside Joyceville Institution (then named Pittsburgh), with the intention of bringing inmates together to express themselves in a song-driven sanctuary. The music rehabilitation Pros and Cons program was founded and is now an integral part of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).   Prisoners participating in the program do so on a volunteer basis and have opportunities to learn guitar, piano, percussion, songwriting, as well as music production.

To riff on the Canadian author, W.P. Kinsella’s Field of Dreams: "If you build it, they will...sing!" and did they ever.… With over 200 songs now written and recorded, there is more than enough material overflowing for the Pros and Cons Program to simultaneously release a second selection of songs out of Joyceville and Grand Valley Institutions on May 15, 2020, marking the 3rd and 4th albums Pros and Cons has produced.

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Private Town

The eclectic second album recorded at Grand Valley Institution For Women.

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Paint In The Forest

Recorded at Joyceville Institution between 2017 and 2019.
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Undisclosed Location.

Undisclosed Location was recorded in 2017 and 2018 at Grand Valley Institution For Women. All the songs on this album were written and sung by inmates.

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Postcards From The County

...was recorded by men incarcerated in the Pittsburgh Institution near Kingston Ontario, Canada.

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