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Recommendations Of The Coroner's Inquest Into The Death Of Robert Gentles

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69. It is recommended that a review of Kingston Penitentiary be conducted with respect to its appropriate use within the context of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act. This review should be conducted by a committee consisting of representatives from CSC, the Ministry of the Solicitor General and independent persons from the community.


Over the past several years extensive renovations of Kingston Penitentiary have taken place. These renovations were designed to upgrade physical security aspects of KP as well as inmate accommodation and program areas.

A detailed security integrity review of Kingston penitentiary was conducted in June 1998, which examined the institution's ability to function as a maximum-security institution. The findings of the review team were:

"We stated categorically that our findings supported the continued use of the institution to house maximum security inmates."

Regardless of the findings of the review team, inmate accommodation/population management issues have resulted in the Ontario Region re-examining the role and use that Kingston Penitentiary will have.

Owing to an excess of maximum security beds in the region, combined with situations that resulted in the double-bunking of reception inmates, Ontario has undertaken an initiative which will see Kingston penitentiary being used to accommodate reception inmates, temporary detainees and approximately 100 medium security inmates required to provide institutional support. Millhaven Institution would become the only maximum-security facility within the region.

A working group, under the direction of a CSC senior manager, has been developed to work on role statements for the institution and to facilitate the changes.