Stony Mountain Institution is not only Canada's oldest penitentiary, it's also the country's deadliest.

Stony Mountain Institution is not only Canada's oldest penitentiary, it's also the country's deadliest.

The 143-year-old prison has been dubbed Murder Mountain due to the high rate of suicides, homicides and unrelenting violence behind its crumbling walls.

Life and Death Behind Bars is an ongoing series by reporter Ryan Thorpe that examines the deeply dysfunctional conditions that pervade Manitoba's lone federal prison.

 

Stony Mountain Institution is Canada's oldest federal penitentiary, but also the country's deadliest

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						<p>Stony Mountain Penitentiary photographed Monday, April 19, 2021. The federal jail in rural Manitoba is rated as one of the most dangerous in the country.			</p>
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Stony Mountain Penitentiary photographed Monday, April 19, 2021. The federal jail in rural Manitoba is rated as one of the most dangerous in the country.

Posted: 7:00 PM Apr. 23, 2021

IT HAS BEEN 59 years since the Canadian state last slipped a noose around the neck of a prisoner, and more than four decades since the gallows were formally abolished in this country, yet death continues to lurk behind the bars of Stony Mountain Institution north of Winnipeg.

Stony Mountain is not just the oldest active federal prison in Canada — it is also the deadliest.

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Isolation practices in Canadian prisons regularly exceed limits set in international law

Ryan Beardy now works with the John Howard Society to raise awareness about prison conditions in Canada, and organizes a weekly support group for men in Winnipeg.
Ryan Beardy now works with the John Howard Society to raise awareness about prison conditions in Canada, and organizes a weekly support group for men in Winnipeg.

Posted: 7:20 AM Apr. 28, 2021

Devon Sampson, a 34-year-old man diagnosed with schizophrenia, hanged himself at Stony Mountain Institution in 2013. He spent 187 consecutive days in solitary confinement prior to his death; during a previous incarceration, he spent 294 consecutive days in solitary.

For decades, isolating inmates — often those with serious psychiatric conditions — in solitary confinement was a common practice in Canadian prisons. Officially, it was called "administrative segregation," a sanitized, bureaucratic label for something far more troubling: state-endorsed torture.

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The number of Indigenous inmates in prison is a problem — but Ottawa has no plan to fix it

Posted: 7:00 PM Apr. 29, 2021

The number of Indigenous people being locked up in federal prisons is spiking despite overall declines in both incarceration and crime rates across the country.

Accounting for just five per cent of Canada's population, Indigenous people make up 30 per cent of the federal prison system's inmate population.

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Hard time in hell: Inside Stony

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						<p>Stony Mountain Penitentiary photographed Monday, April 19, 2021. The federal jail in rural Manitoba is rated as one of the most dangerous in the country.			</p>																																							
		
	
	
			
						<p>Reporter: Thorpe			</p>
JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Stony Mountain Penitentiary photographed Monday, April 19, 2021. The federal jail in rural Manitoba is rated as one of the most dangerous in the country.

Reporter: Thorpe

Posted: 7:00 PM May. 14, 2021

Gangs are in control, inmates are armed and the threat of violence is omnipresent at Stony Mountain Institution.

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