Saudi to spend $1.39bn on reform centres

Facilities will be built in Riyadh, Jeddah, Taif, and Dammam and will hold around 7,500 inmates
Saudi to spend $1.39bn on reform centres
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By Beatrice Thomas
Wed 11 Dec 2013 12:22 PM

Saudi authorities have given the green light to construct four new reform centres at a cost of SR5.2bn ($1.39bn), it was reported.

The Directorate of Prisons (DP) said the centres would be built in Riyadh, Jeddah, Taif, and Dammam.

Head of the DP Engineering Section, Rami Bahais, said the first reform centre, at Hair Road, would be finalised in the next five months to accommodate about 7,500 male and female inmates from the wider Riyadh region, Arab News reported.

He revealed another nine “model prisons” would be set up in other cities in the next two years, though the budget had yet to be approved.

Bahais said the movement of the prisoners would be governed by three systems: open, closed and semi-closed.

The reform centres would have more freedom, with prisoners able to work in the nearby industrial city under a program to recruit and train prisoners and have their products sold at the local market, he said.

Bahais said the reform centres would also 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 for 1,000 inmates at a time.

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