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Taipei Prison

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The Taipei Prison, Agency of Corrections, Ministry of Justice Chinese: 法務部矯正署臺北監獄; pinyin: Fǎwùbù Jiǎozhèngshǔ Táiběi Jiānyù, Nickname: 北監/北监 Běijiān is a prison located in Guishan District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan,1 under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice

It can hold up to 2,705 prisoners It houses criminals who have committed serious crimes and repeat criminals from northern Taiwan who are sentenced to at least ten years in prison Taipei Prison houses foreign prisoners Three branch prisons of Taipei Prison, Taipei Detention Center, Shihlin Detention Center, and Sindian Detention Center, hold prisoners with sentences of less than five years each2


  • 1 History
  • 2 Notable prisoners
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


The historical Taihoku Prison

The prison was originally established in 1895 as the Taihoku Penalty Institute 臺北縣臺北監獄署 It was a remodeled facility built under the Qing Dynasty It was rebuilt in an area southeast of Taihoku City modern-day Taipei in 1902; this is the current Ai Guo East Road The prison received its current name, Taiwan Taipei Prison, in October 1945, as the Republic of China took control of Taiwan from Imperial Japan As time passed, the prison became overcrowded as Taiwan was at war The Ministry of Judicial Administration sold the previous site and bought 196422-hectare 48537-acre of land in Guishan so a new facility could begin construction at the end of 1958 On October 11, 1961 the groundbreaking occurred and was completed at the end of December 19622 On January 11, 1963, on Judicial Day, the prison opened in Guishan3

Notable prisonersedit

Former President Chen Shui-bian was incarcerated for a 19-year sentence at the Taipei Prison as Inmate 10201

See alsoedit

  • Taiwan portal
  • Criminal justice portal
  • Remains of Taipei prison walls


  1. ^ a b "Chen Shui-bian now prisoner No 1020" Taipei Times Saturday December 4, 2010 Retrieved on February 1, 2011 "Supporters of former president Chen Shui-bian outside the Taipei Prison in Taoyuan County’s Gueishan Township"
  2. ^ a b "History" Taipei Prison Retrieved on October 25, 2012
  3. ^ "Home" Taipei Prison Retrieved on October 25, 2012

External linksedit

  • Taiwan Taipei Prison
  • Taiwan Taipei Prison in Taiwanese Mandarin

Coordinates: 24°59′42″N 121°20′17″E / 249950°N 1213380°E / 249950; 1213380

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