New Sharjah $108m prison facility opens

Located in Sharjah’s Al Ramtha area, it will house 1,000 inmates in its current phase and 3,000 inmates when it is fully operational

Represntational image of a jail cell [Getty Images].
Represntational image of a jail cell [Getty Images].

A new $108m central jail has opened in Sharjah in an inauguration ceremony on Sunday.

The opening marks the completion of the 17,000sqm prison’s first phase, according to Gulf News.

Located in Sharjah’s Al Ramtha area, it will house 1,000 inmates in its current phase and 3,000 inmates when it is fully operational.

Colonel Al Merri said: “We have a five-year plan for a well-equipped central jail. We are working hard to help inmates return to a normal and clean life.”

Around 250 inmates have already been moved to the new facility while the rest are expected to be shifted later this week.

The new facility was built as an order from Sharjah’s ruler His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi to improve and expand on the old punitive and rehabilitation centre, meeting international standards.
 

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