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Report (Permission Visit) HMP Kingston, Portsmouth, May 2015

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Idavoll, Jul 5, 2015.

  1. Idavoll

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    A while ago I was working from home (which normally means sitting drinking tea and every now and again moving my mouse so Lync doesn't go inactive) when someone posted on the 28DL FB page that HMP Kingston was currently having an open day. Portsmouth is a few hours drive from me but as I noticed when @WhoDaresWins and I paid HMP Cornhill (Shepton Mallet) a visit, Prisons are rather hard to break in to. So I decided to pop down before the open day closed.

    Most of Portsmouth had the same idea.

    When I got to Portsmouth and parked up the queue for the Prison was around the corner and I was told it would be a 2 hour wait, but after driving 2 hours I decided to wait and so I did and I finally got in.

    History

    Kingston Prison was originally built in 1877 as a Victorian radial design prison though it has also been used as a boys' borstal and also as a police station during WW2.


    In 1965 capital punishment for murder was abolished in Britain and, as a result, Kingston began exclusively to hold inmates serving life sentences. Kingston became the only prison in England and Wales to have a unit exclusively for elderly male prisoners serving life sentences. In April 2003 a report from Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons stated that the elderly prisoner unit at Kingston provided unacceptable conditions for its inmates. The report detailed that movement in the unit was severely restricted, there was insufficient privacy and the rooms had too little natural light, poor ventilation and in some cases no power points.

    Soon afterwards Kingston was redesignated as a more general category B and C prison, the elderly prisoner unit moving to HMP Norwich. From April 2012 Kingston became mainly a Category C prison, holding a high percentage of inmates serving life sentences.

    On 10 January 2013 it was announced that Kingston Prison would close as part of a wider prisons closure program established by the Ministry of Justice. The prison formally closed on 28 March 2013 and put up for sale.

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  2. WhoDaresWins

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    Cracking photos, bet you're glad you waited now. I'm impressed you managed to get your shots without anyone else in them. Shame about Shepton Mallet. I believe they had a similar open day but only for a certain number of locals.
     
  3. Idavoll

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    Apparently both are due another open day soon...I'll keep my ear to the ground.

    As for the lack of people, I often had to stand and wait or be creative with my camera set up. Wasn't easy, no one cared that at one point I was sat on the ground waiting for them to bugger off.
     
  4. Paradox

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    nice that Idavoll, yeah gotta be creative when idiots stand in your way, sad thing is that they are normally the ones who get vocal if someone does the same to them!
     
  5. Miss Mayhem

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    Cracking report, looks awesome :thumb
     
  6. Lenston

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    Nice pics there :thumb
     
  7. Speed

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    What was in the green cabinet?
     
  8. Idavoll

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    Nothing. You could walk into the box but there was nothing inside.
     
  9. Oxygen Thief

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    Nice, is this an annual event or something?
     
  10. Idavoll

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    Sadly not. City and Country have bought the prisons in Portsmouth, Gloucester and Shepton Mallet, they held an open day at each to discuss the sites future. Apparently they will hold one more but I've contacted them regarding that and heard nothing back.
     
  11. Oxygen Thief

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    Cheers, it as that I noticed there was a permission visit there a couple of years ago, that's all.
     
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