For the first time in 37 years, South Korea has built a new military prison.
It opened on Thursday in Icheon, Gyeonggi-do Province, after two years of construction that cost more than 15 million U.S. dollars.
Unlike the original that was in very poor condition, the new prison has a more pleasant and cleaner environment.
Inside, it almost looks like a school dormitory.
It even has advanced systems in its solitary confinement cells.
"Around 50 cells in this newly-built military prison are equipped with breathing sensors in the ceiling.
They monitor the prisoners’ breathing rate to prevent suicide and self-harm.”
These systems alert prison officers when if inmate starts breathing faster, or stops breathing for a certain amount of time.
It's also the first correctional facility in the country to have a dayroom.
It's a spacious, communal area where inmates can socialize during the daytime and has air-purifying plants placed on the walls aimed at improving mental health.
Outside the building, security fences are equipped with AI technology which sounds an alarm when it detects someone trying to climb over.
Access to each building is also closely monitored.
You need more than a simple ID card and your fingerprint because a face recognition system identifies anyone coming in and out.
"It's important to create a human rights-friendly atmosphere while having a high level of security at the same time. We're able to do both at this new facility."
The new prison with a positive, but secure environment is expected to help reduce the rate of re-offending once released.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.