In my meeting with CSC Design Coordinators Yomna Anani and Maria Cinquino, they informed me that the former Kingston Women’s Prison was located a short walk from the Regional Headquarters. While in operation, this was a multi-level security institution, as are all of the women’s facilities in Canada. Though I was unable to go inside, I was able to walk around the building and observe the architectural style, materials, and security elements. The building currently stands vacant and is owned by Queen’s University in Kingston.
The Kingston Women’s Prison closed on July 6, 2000 and the offenders were relocated to the five institutions for women located across Canada; Nova Institution for Women in Truro, Nova Scotia; Joliette Institution in Joliette, Quebec; Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ontario; Edmonton Institution for Women in Edmonton, Alberta; and the Okimaw Ochi Healing Lodge, in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan.