Five new prisons have been inaugurated, including 15 May Prison, two Minya prisons, Giza Central Prison, and Gamasa Prison.
Two others are still under construction: al-Nahda Prison in Cairo and al-Salehya Prison in Sharqiya. The two have been under construction since June 30.
The Interior Ministry announced on June 4 the opening of a new central prison affiliated with the Cairo security sector in 15 May City. The construction of the prison started in October 2014 on 105,000 square meters. The prison can hold 4,000 prisoners, with 40 inmates in each cell.
The prison has eight cells, administration buildings, a clinic, and a building for prisoners' visitors. It is surrounded by wired walls and guard towers.
The Interior Ministry has called for creating similar prisons in all governorates, saying that such facilities would help empty police stations of prisoners and would allow for police officers to focus on services provided to citizens.
After the inauguration of 15 May Prison, the number of inaugurated prisons since June 30 has reached a total of five, in addition to two others under construction scheduled to be ready in few months.
Gamasa Prison was inaugurated in Daqahlia on 42,000 square meters on April 12, 2014.
Minya Prison was inaugurated as well in March 2014 and dedicated to prisoners with life sentences and to rigorous imprisonment. Another general prison was inaugurated in Minya along with the first.
A central prison was inaugurated in Giza on December 30, 2014.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm