The end of an era
Kingston Penitentiary, one of the world’s oldest continually operating prisons, has closed after 178 years. The imposing King Street facility, a familiar landmark and an indelible presence in the mind’s eyes of many generations of Queen’s students and faculty, was the lock-up for some of Canada’s most hardened and deadly criminals. Opened on June 1, 1835, KP creased operations at the end of September. The future use of the historically designated property has not yet been decided.