Palestinian Civil Police inaugurates modern Prison in Jericho

The Palestinian Civilian Police (PCP) just opened a modern Correction and Rehabilitation Centre in the West Bank city of Jericho last Tuesday, 6 September. The Jericho Prison is considered to be the first modern facility of its kind in the West Bank, built with the financial support of The Netherlands.

 
The prison is designed to house 154 inmates - male, female and juvenile prisoners- in separate sections. Convicted prisoners will also be separated from pre-trial inmates.
 
This $ 6 million project is manned by 97 officers from the PCP’s Correction and Rehabilitation Centers Department (CRCD) and is expected to receive the first batch of inmates next week. The staff has undergone specific training to run the facility in Jordan, including best human rights practices. 
 
Training of the Jericho prison staff will continue in the coming months with more emphasis on operational aspects of detention.
 
Alongside EUPOL COPPS, other international partners provided crucial support to the PCP, enabling the prison to open, including the US Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS).
 
Also present at the Jericho prison opening along EUPOL COPPS’ Head of Mission, was the Deputy Chief of Police, the Mayor of Jericho, the Representative of the Netherlands, the local office Director of INL, as well as representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights.