The New Phuket Provincial Prison in the Sri Soonthorn sub-district has officially opened after two years with prisoners fully moved in.
Today, (May 23rd), the Director General of the Department of Corrections Mr. Aryut Sinthoppan along with the Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew have officially opened the new Phuket Provincial Prison in Ban Bang Jo. A religious Buddhism ceremony was held at the opening event.
The New Phuket Provincial Prison was built in July 2015 to replace the old prison which was used since 121 years ago. The old prison was too small, according to prison officials, which could handle only 950 prisoners but in total more than 2,500 prisoners lived in the old prison.
The new prison which was built at a cost of 789,000,000 baht has already welcomed prisoners which were all moved from the old prison two years ago. The new prison now has 2,552 male prisoners and 391 female prisoners which is in total 2,943 prisoners.