Penitentiary

Canada, 1951

Film
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Episode of Series “Canada carries on”.
A report on life and conditions in one of Canada’s penal institutions, illustrating current trends in the treatment of criminals. Defiant and contemptuous of society, a young first offender is brought to a federal penitentiary. The film shows the descipline, the confinement and the rigid routines which are part of a prisoner’s expiation for crime. It also deals with the challenge, now recognized by penitentiary authorities - either to change the prisoner into a law-abiding citizen or to have them come back a repeater - and with the new psychological approach which endeavours to determine the basic causes of a person’s wrong-doing.

Credits

production company

ONF | NFB

producer

Sydney Newman

Duration

00:10:42:00

Production places
Canada
Production dates
1951

Appears in

Canada carries on

Group of items

Canada carries on

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Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

008235

Language

English

Subject categories

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Prison films

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Crime prevention

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Prison discipline

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Prison psychology

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Prisoners

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Prisoners - Attitudes

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Prisoners - Rehabilitation

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Recidivism

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Rehabilitation of criminals

Documentary

Documentary → Docudrama

Documentary → Documentary films - Canada

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Attitude change

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Recidivism

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Attitude change

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Attitude change

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Change (Psychology)

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Prison psychology

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

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