Tag Archives: prison riots

Critical Analysis: Kingston Penitentiary Riot 1971

The Kingston Penitentiary Riot of 1971 is a significant event for understanding the criminalization of dissent. The criminalization of dissent illustrates the wider social, political and economic issues in the Canadian state. There are a number of key theoretical and conceptual frameworks relevant to the Kingston Penitentiary Riot, including power dynamics and class struggles, the […]

Media Analysis: Kingston Penitentiary Riot 1971

The news media plays a significant role in our society, which is perceived as a neutral, balance and substantive source of information.  The ideal role of the media in a liberal democratic society is significant, such as its response to social movements and dissent. The Kingston Penitentiary Riot in 1971 illustrates the news media’s effort […]

Overview of Women’s Riot at Kingston’s Prison for Women

The women’s riot at the Kingston Prison for Women erupted on April 24, 1994, when six women prisoners violently attacked the correctional officers and took one hostage. During this confrontation one of the officers was badly injured. The riot did not last long; the women were immediately apprehended by police officers and charged with prison […]

Kingston Penitentiary Riot 1971

Kingston Penitentiary is a maximum-security prison located in the city of Kingston, Ontario. The penitentiary was officially opened on June 1, 1835 making it one of the oldest penitentiaries in North America (McCoy 2012). Kingston Penitentiary has experienced several significant events throughout its very long and dark history. The Kingston Penitentiary riot in 1971 is […]

Kingston Penitentiary Riot, April 1971

The Kingston Penitentiary Riot of April 1971 was a four-day event that took place from Wednesday April 14 to Sunday April 18, 1971 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada (Desroches 1974). According to eye-witness accounts given to authorities by inmates in Kingston Penitentiary during the occurrences, there appeared to be rumors circulating in the days leading up to the outbreak of […]