Debate in Kingston about charitable uses of KP that exclude the criminalized continues


In the lead-up to, during and in the days after a recent teach-in at Queen’s University about the use of Kingston Penitentiary (KP) as a venue for guided tours and a charitable concert in support of the United Way, several concerns have been raised about the exclusion of current and former prisoners in shaping the site’s current and future uses. Earlier this week, Justin Piché (Associate Professor, Criminology, University of Ottawa), who has conducted research at dozens of Canadian prison tourism sites with Kevin Walby (Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, University of Winnipeg) and several research assistants as part of the SSHRC-funded Carceral Cultures Research Initiative, was interviewed by the Kingston Whig-Standard about the problems with current charitable uses of KP and the need for criminalized people to be meaningfully involved in its development going forward. Click here to read the story. Visit to learn more about a campaign to demand change at KP.