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Sunday, March 09, 2014
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As a whole the human race is not perfect. Each and everyone of us has made mistakes, bad decisions and choices that have effected our lives negatively. I think this forum should be used positively to acknowledge that some must be incarcerated for their mistakes. However, to use it to propagate ill will or demands for violence against another just defeats the purpose of REHABILITATION. It shows poor judgement on your part. "To err is human, to forgive, divine. " I ask you in the future to think before you speak Doug. Nothing good can come from it.
wrote on Monday, March 10, 2014

    I believe you would find it hard to find a parent of a child that has been violated nonetheless a victim that would agree with your statement. You make a mistake that hurts yourself is one thing but a mistake to an innocent trusting child is completely different. There is nothing positive about a sex offender and there is no forgiveness. This type of behaviour is not tolerated as a human race!!
A victim of a sex offender wrote on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    I positively acknowledge that a sex offender should be incarcerated. I only wish it was forever! Each and every one of us has not made mistakes, bad decisions or choices that hurt and damaged children. "An eye for an eye". askimmel please do some research on the lasting long term effects of sexual offenders on its victims. It's beyond 2 years. You make light of "the mistake". These mistakes are calculated, planned and destroy lives. Stand up for victims not offenders. Thanks
Bernie wrote on Friday, March 14, 2014

    I agree . They should all rot in there!

wrote on Monday, March 17, 2014

    I wonder if askimmel knows the statistics on how many of these REHABILITATED sex offender/molesters reoffend! If a grown man doesn't know its wrong to violate a minor no amount of rehabilitation will make him understand the damage he has done! Capital punishment is the answer for these sick bastards!!!!!!!
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Friday, February 21, 2014
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There is a dead best child molester there serving 4 years for touching a young girl. This is his second charge he did once did it twice and will do it again his release date is august of this year. Frederick marshal howse. Sick fuck hope you rot in hell!!!!!
Mandydaisy321 wrote on Friday, February 21, 2014

    I meant dead beat.
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Monday, January 27, 2014

I did time in Bowden in 1980, 2 years. it seemed like solid prison then wasn't aware of any pc. but there were bad staff!
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Thursday, January 09, 2014

I spent a many of years in Bowden with Kings crew and some Reaper, Rebels and some Diablos.

Co existance and know we all belong, in the world not behind bars
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
bowdens finest

what up Emily? since your not allowed to visit your boyfriend anymore you should bring your morphine and pitted ass over to my place. I can strip search and perform anal exams if you wish. You are also allowed to dress like a whore if you wish.
wrote on Wednesday, April 02, 2014

    You are a disgusting human being speaking to this woman like that. You are nothing but a bully with little respect towards women. If I could, I would lock you up and throw away the key, Hopefully you would be raped and disrespected.
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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

I was in kingston on the 29th they moved me to edmonton i killed granny with pickaxe and dr laura said i am bad. we all need help and the son of sam is my friend. you know who you are and what i want to do to you...


son of bum
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Friday, July 19, 2013
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This is not the place you want to be in if you're a normally built white guy from the coast of BC. Lots of anti-white racism going on in there with violent interactions with First Nations inmates. I've got no beef at all with any race- I don't care if you're white, brown, black or purple. But in my experience, just being white made me a target for the First Nations inmates even though I showed no disrespect but also no weakness. The guards are doing their jobs- their not there to be your friend. Treat them with respect and you get the same respect back from them. Prison time isn't meant to be a stay in a hotel- it's meant to be punishment for the crimes you've committed. So if you want a hotel experience, don't break the law and book a vacation at a Best Western. Break the law, then you need to man-up and take the consequences.
wrote on Sunday, December 29, 2013

    Even in prison jusy like out here the natives are more racist than any culture in Canada..perhaps their racism needs to be addressed not ours..thank you for sharing your honesty
noodles wrote on Monday, February 17, 2014

    for sure! I did 2 few years in bowden. beefing with indians pretty near the whole time. ended up gettin shipped cuz of an incident to cache, where it was no different. I've been in p.a., stoney, and e few provincial places and no where is it ok to be a white guy who stands up for himself. i'm racist because of doing time
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Monday, June 17, 2013
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It seems such a long time ago. Yet Bowden was where my words of a life journey had been transformed from the hand written that commenced months earlier while at Calgary Remand Center.

The story was a way for me to come to terms with a life struggle with addictions, that was undoubtedly was crime feed from nature.

Which included a path from Houston TX - CA, FLA, AB, BC. I had no ideal that my work had influenced so much, Today, I have no regrets. The overwhelming feeling that I get when I think about the saying, Can one man actually have the ability to make a positive difference / Change. Well I know I did not do it alone, However, and most importantly. Yes my work, I journey of my life had an enormous effect. It was in fact. Paid Forward.

Thank you all. You guys know who I mean.

Take Care,

Brother Love
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Rev Robert Smith

"I was locked up for several years in Bowden, Drumheller, Elbow lake, several County and state prisons in Pennsylvania, Matsqui, Kamloops correctional. Do many hours with nothing but programs and not enought trade training, getting information for release back into society. Spent time in a state prison during 9/11 and learned much. Working at a trade and getting credit for our skills. I am an Ordained Minister with Alley Ministry in Vancouver,bc. Became a Certified Peer Counseller through LINC Bc. Drug abuse is rampant and making a person feel better about themselves is it. I am in the process of writing a book on staying out, I am out 9 years so far."
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Monday, September 13, 2010


My boyfriend is an inmate as we speak. I visit him every weekend and if I can get away from work I also visit during the week. My first couple visits were fine and then all hell broke loose. I came in and I went to do the ION scanner and hit on the machine for having morphine and cocaine. The stuck me in a little room kitty corner to the front desk. I waited about 2 hours when finally two correctional officers came in and tore me apart. They said because I was wearing a skirt I was smuggling drugs and that I was a whore.

They called me names and yell, swore and screamed in my face for over three hours. I offered them to strip search me and they said no. I gave them access to my personal belongings and my car in which both areas they found nothing but continued to harass me, call me names and make me leave the institution. I called on Monday morning after everything that happened and they said on Wednesday they would review my visits and they would let me know. I had to call back Thursday to find out that I would have to do 4 booth visits and be reviewed for PFV status. I finsihed my booth visits and went back to regular.

I would only at this point go to the visits while in the company of my mother in law so if anything were to happen again I had someone in my corner to hear how they spoke to me. Everything they wrote in the report was false. While doing my booth visits I wore a tank top. They hassled me for about 2 hours and said what I was wearing was not appropriate and that I would have to go to the nearest store and by a coat to cover my arms.

The next weekend I went two young ladies were going into a regular visit - both in small pink dresses, 6 heels and no under garments. Nothing was said. I continued doing my visits and nothing wrong was happening. I went for one 2 weeks ago. I got up in the morning. Showered and made sure my clothing was clean and put in the dryer with no bounce sheet. I drove up with my mother in law and we went in. I hit once on the machine for morphine. The office behind the counter said that it was a very small hit and nothing to worry about.

He passed me through security and had me wait to get through to see my boyfriend. The officer that I dealt with in the first problem came out. As soon as he saw me he came in the room and said that I was not going anywhere but home. The officer behind the desk was even baffled. I advised this guard that I was not going anywhere without a strip search and that I was not going to loose my visits because he did not want to do the full extent of his job by finding a female officer to search me. My mother asked to speak to his supervisor. We waited about 20 minutes and a gentlemen came in. He advised that the minutes from the last prison review board were lost and so they did not know the status of my visits. I explained to him that i knew they were having that meeting and that the officer I always deal with said I would have been fine and even the lady who booked the visit for me said I was okay and I was not leaving after driving 2 hours because they lost the papers.

He called the officer I spoke to at home on his day off and the officer told him in fact this is what happened. I got a letter from him stating an apology and that everything was fine for me to visit. I did my visit that day and went home. On the following monday I called to book a visit and I was told I was banned from visits and that my status would be reviewed. I called the officer this morning and was cursed and yelled at once again. I was told in the report they wrote over the weekend the dog they brought it detected drugs and thats why I could not visit. I advised the officer everything that happened and the dog that was brought in indicated nothing and the dog trainer told the supervisor that.

I have been through hell and back with this institution and I would like to move forward with doing something about this. I am sure I am not the only one who has had an issue with this and I don t care if you don t want to say you re name I just want the Warden and others to know what is happening behind the gates. If you can offer me anything, anything at all it would be much appreciated. These people seem to think because we are visiting a criminal we are also criminals. Guilt by assocation, I think not. Everyone involved is human and I think it s about time we are treated that way as well as the inmates. "
wrote on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    I read your letter and it scares me. Soon I will be making a long trip to visit my husband of 30 yrs. Since he will be going in on Drug charges I now feel I will be targeted and disrespected by staff. I can be very vocal and load. No visitor should be treated that way anywhere and I wish you luck.
wrote on Wednesday, October 09, 2013

    i just got out of bowden not to long ago, and the staff and warden there are the most disgusting people i have ever incountered, somebody needs to bring this terrible disrepectfull prizon to our mla something need to done
x wrote on Wednesday, October 09, 2013

    my mother used to drive hours to come c me and every time she would have problems, that intire institioin should have a compleate overhaul of staff, fuck those goofy fucks i hate them, the warden is a power trippin goof the staff are all goofs and the only way to get something done about that place is to expose them. the staff there think that everybody is a sex pffender or a pc or a check in, so the use that to there advantage. cause they no the majority of inmates wont put up a fight cause they cant b shiped anywhere else, the staff walk around like bullies. i could mention many staff members names they are really bad there and the warden and ipso, very rude ignorant disrespsctful pushy bullies its incredible we need to contact the media or our mla for that area iam tellin u ther staff the are fuckin pigs. ive been in other tuff prizons and that shit dosent happen there cause the staff realize they will b put in check buy the inmate fast but not at bowden, they get away with way to much we need to shut them down and get rid of that warden

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