The Don: The Story of Toronto's Infamous Jail

Category: Book
By (author): Poplak, Lorna
Subject:  ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Public, Commercial & Industrial
  HISTORY / Canada / General
  NON-FICTION / Canadian
  TRUE CRIME / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Dundurn
Published: January 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*An in-depth exploration of the Don Jail from its inception through jailbreaks and overcrowding to its eventual shuttering and rebirth. Conceived as a "palace for prisoners," the Don Jail never lived up to its promise. Although based on progressive nineteenth-century penal reform and architectural principles, the institution quickly deteriorated into a place of infamy where both inmates and staff were in constant danger of violence and death. Its mid-twentieth-century replacement, the New Don, soon became equally tainted. Along with investigating the origins and evolution of Toronto's infamous jail, The Don presents a kaleidoscope of memorable characters - inmates, guards, governors, murderous gangs, meddlesome politicians, harried architects, and even a pair of star-crossed lovers whose doomed romance unfolded in the shadow of the gallows. This is the story of the Don's tumultuous descent from palace to hellhole, its shuttering and lapse into decay, and its astonishing modern-day metamorphosis.
From The Publisher*Based on progressive nineteenth-century penal reform principles, Toronto's Don Jail never lived up to its potential, deteriorating into a place of brutal violence and death. Along with the architecture of this Toronto landmark, The Don covers the politics that swirled around it for over 150 years and the crimes that took place inside.
Biographical NoteLorna Poplak is a writer, editor, and researcher, with a fascination for the stories behind the facts of Canadian history. She lives in Toronto.