Guingamp bought its prison in 1992 and this month began turning the building into a visual arts center.
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There are around 10 such notices for defunct prisons on the website, testament to a growing trend that has seen many urban jails turned into social housing or concert halls.Reprimanded at the European level for its overpopulated and dilapidated jails, over the past 15 years France has been busy modernizing its prison stock.A prison in the Parisian suburb of Coulommiers, a stone building built in 1851 was bought by the municipal government for 2.3 million euros and turned into a library.Guingamp, a commune in Brittany, bought its prison back in 1992 and this month began turning the building into a visual arts center with its central courtyard transformed into a 160-seat performance space.This happened in Fontainebleau, another Paris suburb, where a prison was sold at auction for 480,000 euros to a buyer who plans to turn it into housing.
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