1974 - 1978: Prince George Regional Correction Centre first co-ed jail

PGRCC housed up to 27 female inmates as an experimental solution for housing female offenders in the northern region of B.C. Nine matrons (female correctional officers) were hired. A “no touch” policy required male and female inmates to remain at least five feet away from each other. In 1975, two inmates win an appeal to marry while incarcerated. The co-ed program is discontinued and the women’s section closed in 1978.

Salvation Army Captain Bob Wilson hands female inmate a Christmas gift (December 23, 1975)

Salvation Army Captain Bob Wilson hands female inmate a Christmas gift (December 23, 1975)