The Memorial Garden

Our Vision The garden will memorialize women who have died in Canadian prisons, in particular the Kingston Prison for Women. This project will contribute to a greater understanding of the historical heritage of the Prison for Women beyond the architectural heritage features of the prison. Secondly, the memorial garden will also contribute to the value …

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Three members of the P4W Memorial Collective critique the recent move from segregation to structured intervention, and reflect on ways that people in women’s prisons have helped each other to survive solitary confinement. This recording includes descriptions of violence, including self-injury, that may be triggering to some listeners. The main speakers are: Joey Twins is …

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Prisoners’ Justice Day This Prisoners’ Justice Day the P4W Memorial Collective is in conversation with three trans women, Cedar, Moka Dawkins, and Tami Starlight about prison experience, and trans femme decolonial and abolitionist dreams. Each speaker offers an acute analysis of state violence, including anti-Black racism, policing, anti-Indigenous self-determination, and violence against BIPOC trans and …

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Articles

History of P4W and its closure CBC – What is life like for women in jail? Author remembers supportive community, but also fellow inmates’ screams Kingston Whig Standard – P4W was reformatory failure Kingston Whig Standard – Prison for Women event emotionally charged Now Toronto – P4W Closes but the Scars Still Remain CBC – Door closes on P4W for …

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Towards the Future

Ongoing Projects The P4W Memorial Collective works to help bring our cause to light. Currently, the Collective is working on Prisoner’s Justice Day events, a Memorial Garden, and a conference for 2020.  To learn more about the Garden please see the garden page! How Can You Help? Keep an eye open on our Home page …

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Solidarity Letter

The P4W Memorial Collective requests your endorsement of our campaign to create a memorial garden to honour the women who died in the Kingston Prison for Women (P4W) on a small plot of land adjacent to the front administration building. Add your name and/or organization to the signatories to the link below. Sign it here!

About the Collective

The P4W Memorial Collective is a group of women ex-prisoners from P4W, and their abolitionist accomplices, who are working towards the creation of a permanent memorial garden and community space on the grounds of the Prison for Women (P4W), in Katarokwi/Kingston, Ontario. Through our work we honor the women who lost their lives in P4W, …

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