53. The 1971 Kingston Penitentiary Riot

Gone, But Never Forgotten

Nov 7 2022 • 24 mins

Kingston Penitentiary was a maximum security prison in Canada that was located in Kingston, Ontario and is located between King Street West and Lake Ontario.  Kingston Pen as it’s referred to was built between 1833 and 1834 and officially opened on June 1st, 1835 as the Provincial Penitentiary of the Province of Upper Canada.  At the time that Kingston Pen closed down it was one of the oldest prisons in continuous use in the world.  Kingston Pen was eventually replaced by Millhaven Institution.  Before it was closed down as a full maximum security prison, in 1971 it would be the site of a riot that lasted for four days and that riot would result in the deaths of two inmates and the destruction of most of the prison itself.  There were hostages taken, there were inmates beaten to death and nearly to death and there was a whole hell of a lot to the story.  Intro Music: Provided by Gallagher Music Gallagher on Spotify Gallagher on Apple Music Gallagher's Latest Album Sources: Whig-Standard - Kingston Pen History Whig-Standard - It Was a Terrible Mess Visit Kingston - 7 Things about Kingston Pen Wikipedia - Kingston Penitentiary Incredible Kingston - Kingston Pen Riots Toronto Sun - A Terrible Mess Whig-Standard - Timeline of Riot Toronto Star - "Tuck That Shirt In" TVO Today - Looking Back on the Shocking Kingston Pen Riot