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A look at the notorious Kingston Penitentiary (1835-2012)

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Destruction done to cell-blocks during a riot at Kingston Penitentiary was photographed by Globe and Mail reporter John Scott during his tour of the facility on April 23, 1971.

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500 rioting prisoners held 6 guards hostage at the Kingston Penitentiary to bargain for a special committee to hear their grievances. Security was at a maximum and 130 riot-trained soldiers marched into the prison yard to patrol the perimeter with bayonets fixed on April 15, 1971.

John Scott/The Globe and Mail/John Scott/The Globe and Mail

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Clifford Olson leaves Chilliwack Provincial Court on August 8, 1981. The British Columbia serial child killer spent 10 years in isolation at the Kingston Penitentiary before his transfer in 1992 to the Special Handling Unit of the Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert, Sask.

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Helmut Buxbaum at the Kingston Penitentiary. A former millionaire nursing-home owner sentenced to a life sentence for arranging his wife's murder. After being attacked by other inmates at Millhaven Institution, he was placed into protective custody in Kingston Penitentiary in 1987. He was transferred seven years later and died behind bars in 2007.

Bill Becker/CP Photo/Bill Becker/CP Photo

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Paul Bernardo arrives at the provincial courthouse in Toronto, Nov.3, 1995. The serial rapist was sent to Kingston after getting two life sentences for torturing, raping and murdering Kristen French, 15, and Leslie Mahaffy, 14. He is locked in a 2.5-by-3-metre cell and is only allowed outside to exercise alone for one hour a day.

Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press/Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press

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Guy Paul Morin, who was wrongfully convicted for the 1984 killing of nine-year-old Christine Jessop, spent eight months in Kingston Penitentiary. He later thanked the judge who granted him bail for freeing him from “the nightmares of Kingston Penitentiary.” DNA evidence exonerated him in 1995.

Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail/Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

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A guard stands in the hallway of the segregation unit at Kingston Penitentiary in 1996.

Michael Lea/Kingston Whig Standard

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Police chief Julian Fantino holds photo of Holly Jones murder Michael Briere during press conference June 23, 2003. In 2004 he was driven directly to Kingston Penitentiary by Toronto homicide detectives after he pleaded guilty to abducting 10-year-old Holly Jones, sexually assaulting her, strangling her and dismembering the body. He is also held in protective custody in the Lower H segregated range away from the general prison population.

Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail/Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

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Steven Truscott arrives at the Ontario Court of Appeal in Toronto, Monday June 19, 2006. Convicted at the age of 14 in 1959 in the murder of his 12-year-old schoolmate Lynne Harper, he spent a decade in prison before being released on parole. Journalist Ron Haggart, who was at the Kingston Penitentiary to cover a riot in 1971 spoke to guards about Mr. Truscott. “They all thought he was the nicest kid they had ever met. And they all believed he was innocent.” His conviction was quashed in 2007.

Aaron Harris/The Canadian Press/Aaron Harris/The Canadian Press

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Former Colonel Russell Williams is pictured during transfer of command of 8 Wing/CFB Trenton July 15, 2009. The one-time commander of the Trenton air base was sent to Kingston Penitentiary after four days of shocking testimony in a Belleville, Ont., court where he pleaded guilty to a series of burglaries, sex assaults and the brutal sex slayings of Marie-France Comeau , 37, who served under his command, and Jessica Lloyd, 27. Like Paul Bernardo, the former air force colonel is held in the Lower H segregated range, away from the rest of the prison population.

MCpl Tom Trainor/MCpl Tom Trainor

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A view of the Kingston Penitentiary in Kingston, Ont., on Thursday, October 21, 2010.

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A guard patrols outside Kingston Penitentiary in Kingston, Ont., on Thursday, October 21, 2010.

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Mohammad Shafia and Hamed Shafia step out from the police van at the Frontenac county courthouse in Kingston, Ont., on Monday Nov. 21, 2011. The Afghan-Canadian businessman, along with his second wife and his eldest son, were the defendants in a sensational “honour killings” trial last year at Kingston’s Frontenac County Courthouse. Convicted in the murder of his first wife and three of his daughters, the family patriarch and his son were sent to the Kingston Penitentiary, five minutes away from the courthouse.

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