Four reform centres for Saudi costing $1.38bn

Facilities to be constructed in Riyadh, Jeddah, Taif and Dammam

One of the reform centres will be built in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
One of the reform centres will be built in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia’s Directorate of Prisons (DP) has approved the construction of four new reform centres in the cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Taif and Dammam at a cost of $1.38bn (SAR 5.2bn), according to local media which quoted a senior official of the DP.

Rami Bahais, head of the DP Engineering Section, said in a statement received by Al-Eqtisadayah daily that the Riyadh reform centre will be finalised in the next five months. It will be located on Hair Road and will accommodate 7,500 male and female inmates.

The reform centres will have branch colleges of higher education institutions and remote education services, while the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) will set up branches equipped with workshops in each city to train 1,000 inmates at a time, he said.

Another nine model prisons will be set up in other cities in the next two years whose budget will be approved later, he said.

He added the designs of the model prisons will take into consideration the international standards adopted by US reforms organisations.

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