The Museum is proud to highlight this article published in the Correctional Service of Canada’s ‘Let’s Talk Express.’ Written by Curator Dave St. Onge and researcher Cameron Willis, it’s a succinct history about the introduction of prisoner photographic identification – or mugshots – in Canadian federal prisons. It took a few years of research but it is exciting to see something published on such an interesting topic!
“Did you know that the standard procedure of taking mugshots in correctional institutions started in 1910?
Although this type of prisoner photo identification has been around since the 1840s, CSC has no such records prior to the early 20th century. Why is this the case? When did federal penitentiaries begin photographing offenders in Canada?
We’re going back to basics by bringing to light the story of how mugshots became part of CSC’s standard practice.”
Read the story and immerse yourself in CSC’S history: https://www.lte-ene.ca/…/introducing-mugshots-history…