Friday, October 25, 2013

Kingston Penitentiary – decommissioning – October 23, 2013 – the completion of 178 years

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Kingston Penitentiary – decommissioning – October 23, 2013 – the completion of 178 years
On October 24, 2013, I was part of a large group of people that attended the official decommissioning ceremony of Kingston Penitentiary, in Kingston, Ontario. the prison opened on June 1, 1835 with the first six inmates being admitted. On September 30, 2013, 178 years later, KP and the Regional Treatment Centre (RTC) ceased operating as a penitentiary.
In the early days women were also housed separately from the men.
About 400 people yesterday that joined the and somber events of this special day. Many were guards and staff that had worked in the institution - for whom this day was very emotional.
As well the family members of fallen officers that had died in the line of duty while working in KP were also part of the guests. The names of each officer was read, a bell rung, with a pause of silence following.
My own emotions were flooding my thoughts of the thousands of inmates that had spent most of their lives in these cells - because of stupid things they had done... then my thoughts were for the thousands upon thousands of Victims of the Crimes committed - and also the families of the Inmates.
There is not enough space here to tell you how I felt. Finally - yesterday was the very first time that ordinary people like me were allowed to take photos of a Federal Prison - and not be charged with a Federal Offence.
The photos here capture a small piece of the sites and feelings I had as I again walked through this Prison.
~ Murray Lincoln ~

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~ Murray Lincoln ~
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