Kingston Penitentiary Inmates

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Kingston Penitentiary Inmates, Where will killer Paul Bernardo go when the Kingston Penitentiary closes? No one knows. But a number of people are curious, including guards, average Canadians and even convicts, themselves.

“You can rest assured that other offenders are curious about where some of the most notorious are going to be housed,” said Howard Sapers, the federal prison watchdog.

Convicts housed in the Kingston Penitentiary are among the most notorious in the country and include convicted murderers Bernardo and Russell Williams.

Sapers said the Correctional Service of Canada needs to be open about where inmates will be housed, so communities can be ready for new residents and prison workers ready to handle new inmates.

“I’m not sure what they’ll do,” Sapers said of CSC. “It’s hard to know. We’re talking today about moving 1,000 inmates.”

The union representing prison guards has asked CSC for plans about moving the inmates and population management plans for years, but no information has been forthcoming.

“Nobody has a plan. It leads us to believe there was very little consultation,” said Jason Godin, Ontario president of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers.

Godin said the best place for these high-risk offenders is where they are right now: In Kingston Penitentiary. The prison has six different populations of inmates that would be difficult to absorb into prison populations at any other facility, he said.

But they can’t stay there forever.

On Thursday, the federal government announced that by 2015, Canada’s oldest prison, the Kingston Penitentiary, and its regional treatment centre will close, along with the Leclerc Institution in Quebec.

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