Kingston Penitentiary, Ontario (2/65)

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Subjects: Canadian History, Law

Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Good Earth Productions
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 30 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

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Kingston Penitentiary is a unique window on Canada's social history; our changing sensibilities, attitudes and perspectives. A society's conscience is reflected in its treatment of criminals, and Canada's oldest federal penitentiary echoes ours. For the first sixty years, Kingston's cells measured a shocking twenty nine inches by eight feet long by six and a half feet high. The cells of today are comfortable by comparison and equipped with cable television. This prison's history is marked by many dramatic events, including riots, escapes and many reforms, but the walls of Kingston Pen also resonate with the voices of colourful characters, earnest crusaders and ambitious wardens.