Justin Piché discussed the ethics of prison tourism in Kingston

Drawing on their research on prison tourism in Canada, Carceral Culture Research Initiative researchers Justin Piché (Associate Professor, Criminology, University of Ottawa) and Kevin Walby (Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, University of Winnipeg) discussed the ethical implications of hosting charitable tours and events at decommissioned sites of confinement during a teach-in on prison entertainment held at Queen’s University last week, which took place prior to the “Rockin’ the Big House” concert at Kingston Penitentiary (click here to read their presentation notes). The event was covered by the Kingston Whig-Standard and the Queen’s University Journal. Building on the momentum of the teach-in, a petition has been launched by the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons, the P4W Memorial Collective, and OPIRG Kingston demanding the current and former prisoners be meaningfully included in discussions shaping the future uses of Kingston Penitentiary (click here to learn more about the petition).

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