1950 to 1999: Corrections in the late 1900s

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1950: BC Corrections Branch is created

Until the mid-1900s, individuals in provincial custody in B.C. were managed by the commissioner of police and inspector of gaols. The transfer of policing to the RCMP in 1950 compelled the provincial government to create a separate authority to operate the correctional system.

Stevens on Formation of BC Corrections Branch

Former Commissioner of Corrections Ernie Stevens speaks about the formation of the Corrections Branch (1950). (Duration: 0:34)

1957 to 1975: Haney Correctional Institution

Haney Correctional Institution opened in 1957 based on a philosophy of rehabilitation. The goal was to promote positive social values and behaviour, and to provide a training programs consisting of physical, vocational and academic components. The institution closed in 1975.

Retired Officer-In-Charge Lloyd Hopper talks about Haney Correctional Institution

Retired Officer-In-Charge of Haney Correctional Institution Lloyd Hopper describes the Haney correctional facility and his views on the merits of its programs and services. (Duration: 2:39)

1991: Oakalla (Lower Mainland Regional Correctional Centre) closes

After modern replacements were built, Oakalla closed in 1991.

Retired staff member Gordon Bains speaks about his first job in corrections at Oakalla

Retired staff member Gordon Bains speaks about his first job in corrections at Oakalla (Lower Mainland Regional Correctional Centre). (Duration: 2:51)

Photos: Oakalla (Lower Mainland Regional Correctional Centre)

Last days of Oakalla (1991)

Last days of Oakalla (Lower Mainland Regional Correctional Centre) (1991)

Oakalla under demolition (1992)

Oakalla (Lower Mainland Regional Correctional Centre) demolition (1992)

1990s: Four regional correctional centres built

Between 1989 and 1996, four regional correctional centres were built in B.C.:

  • Fraser Regional Correctional Centre

Fraser Regional Correction Centre

  • Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre

Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre

  • Prince George Regional Correctional Centre

Prince George Regional Correctional Centre

  • Surrey Pretrial Services Centre

Surrey Pretrial Services Centre

During this period:

  • Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre was also renovated
  • Burnaby Correctional Centre for Women opened in 1991