The Ulucanlar Jail Museum is a former state prison in Ankara, Turkey, that was restored and turned into a prison museum by Altnda Municipality. The Museum first opened its doors to public in 2011. It is Turkey's first Museum of its kind. Ulucanlar Prison was founded in 1925 in the Ulucanlar suburb of Ankara's Altnda district, which had recently become the Turkish Republic's new capital.
These prisons were officially classified into three security levels: closed (Turkish: Kapal), semi-open (Turkish: yar açk), and open (Turkish: açk). Closed prisons were maximum-security facilities with external and internal control that housed violent inmates and those deemed most likely to elude capture. Semi-open prisons were medium-security correctional establishments with no external control but only internal physical barriers that accommodated offenders with a moderate risk of escaping while working. Open prisons were low-security, work-oriented prison camps with no external control and internal physical walls that housed offenders who were permitted to interact with the public on a limited basis.
During its 81-year history, Ulucanlar Prison housed prominent intellectuals from many political perspectives, such as journalists, poets, writers, professional politicians, political activists, and criminals.
Sukriye mah.Ulucanlar cad.Ses sok. No: 63 Ulucanlar Göz hastanesi Yanı, Ankara Turkey