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I have stood inside prisons

I used to leave small magazine orders with the guards just inside the main doors to Kingston Pen or "KP". It is an uncomfortable feeling to go through those huge reinforced doors, only to wait in a small foyer until a guard opens another door so you can walk into the guard room. From there, you can look onto the grounds within the walls. I was always very happy to get out past those doors and back onto the street.

I will try to get a photo of the main doors.

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Ten years ago, you had to be a female con or a guard to stand where I took this shot. Three perimeter walls were removed. This one remains; on the other side are the backyards of ordinary folk. P4W was described as "unfit for bears, much less for women". Macleans published an article about it in 2000.

It was not as unsettling to be standing next to this wall as it was to be in the stone purgatorial foyer of KP, but the fact that I could freely walk about had something to do with that.

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  1. Yeah, she's a different eerie sort of vibe around prisons. It feels like a bear cage or something.

  2. We have a lot of bear cages in this area, Moko. Nine, to be precise.

  3. Wow. Something's going wrong somewhere.


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