Going inside ‘KP:’ Kingston Penitentiary soon open for guided tours

Global News

TORONTO – Members of the public will have soon have a rare and limited chance to go inside the country’s most notorious but soon to be closed prison, the first such opportunity in ages.

For three weeks starting Oct. 2, visitors will be able to tour Kingston Penitentiary, the formidable maximum security facility that has housed Canada’s worst criminals.

The tours, guided by Correctional Service Canada volunteers, are a fundraiser for the United Way in Kingston, Ont.

Bhavana Varma, president of the local United Way branch, calls it an “exciting” opportunity.

“Many of us have lived here and been curious about and intrigued by the historic institution,” Varma said Friday. “This is our chance to allow some of our residents to go in behind the scenes.”

There will, however, be no chance to glimpse the likes of schoolgirl killer Paul Bernardo or Russell Williams, the disgraced air force colonel who murdered two women.

The last of the inmates will have been…

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