1912 to 1937: Corrections in the early 1900s
- 1912: Gaol (jail) established in Prince George as part of the Land Office and Hudson’s Bay Company
- 1913: Saanich Prison Farm established where Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre stands today
- 1926: Prince George Gaol (jail) moves to a new location in the local provincial government building
- 1937: New Haven opens for young adults
New Haven was established on the southeast side of Marine Drive in Burnaby at the end of 1937. The facility housed 19 individuals with two staff. It was also one of the first initiatives in Canada to segregate young adult inmates in a separate institution from adults. Superintendents A. McLead and Ernie Stevens were appointed to manage the facility.
A training program, based on the “honour system,” was implemented, and individuals were trusted not to leave the property. New Haven empowered them to adapt to the community with the aid of supervision when released.
Besides farm work, there were courses in:
- First aid
- Elementary school
New Haven Correctional Centre closed in March 2001.