Club Fed

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In North America, Club Fed is a derisive term for a prison whose accommodations are less severe than many other prisons. Club Fed is a pun on the "Club Med" chain of all-inclusive resorts. The 1999 movie Office Space made a reference to this style of prison by referring to it as a "white-collar, minimum-security resort."

In Canada, the Joliette Institution for Women was nicknamed "Club Fed" because of the prison's supposedly luxurious conditions and lax restrictions, claims the prison has denied.[1] Also in Canada, the William Head Institution in British Columbia is known as "Club Fed" due to its pastoral country setting which includes tennis courts, baseball diamond, and a small golf course.[2][3][4]

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  1. ^ "News Story: Prison in Joliette is known as `Club Fed' - November 3, 1999". 1999-11-03. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  2. ^ "Infographic: A look inside B.C.'s 'Club Fed' prison". Calgary Herald. 2016-03-09. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  3. ^ "MP vows to look into 'summer camp-like conditions' at B.C. prison". National Post. 2016-03-10. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  4. ^ "Whitehorse Daily Star: Inmates enjoy superb view, golf course". Whitehorse Daily Star. Retrieved 2018-07-31.