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Brampton Jail (Gaol)
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Location Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 43°41′07″N 79°45′26″W / 43.68516°N 79.75712°W / 43.68516; -79.75712
Status Closed
Security class Maximum
Capacity 30
Opened 1867
Closed 1977
Managed by Region of Peel

The Brampton Jail, also known as the Peel County Jail, is located in the city of Brampton, Ontario, Canada at the intersection of Wellington and Main Streets. Built in 1867, and closed in 1977, the building is now a part of the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, housing part of the museum and all of its storage, as well as the Regional archives reading room and storage.

The jail, although designed to house 30 inmates, often saw over 60 men and women packed into its one metre by two metre cells. Most of the overcrowding was because of a lack of facilities for the care of the poor or destitute. Even the nearest hospital was outside town and in 1882, a sick man was housed at the jail after being arrested as a "vagrant". The man, whose name was not recorded, received no medical care from the jail's staff and died at the jail shortly after he was brought into custody.


The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.

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