|Location||North-east outskirts of Damascus, Syria|
|Population||7,000 (as of 2014)|
|Anwar al-Bunni, Bassel Khartabil, Mas'ud Hamid, Haitham al-Maleh|
Civil prisoners and leading political prisoners are held in the prison. In 2014, the prison held more than 7,000 prisoners, a dozen of them women. The Washington Post referred to the prison as "infamous".
Public prosecutor Ahmad Bakri said the prison "was designed to hold 2,500 inmates and possibly 4,000 under special circumstances, but that the facility now had over 7,000 people inside its walls." Also, prisoners with all levels of accused crimes are stored there. Bakri asked, "Is it right for people who have been convicted of theft to be housed with a murderer, or someone guilty of a traffic offense, with a drug addict?"
Ghassan Najjar, an engineer who was imprisoned in 1980, reportedly went on two hunger strikes, one to protest conditions in the prison, and his fellow inmates said he was beaten so badly by prison guards trying to force him to eat that he suffered spinal injuries.
Mas'ud Hamid, a Kurdish journalism student, was held in solitary confinement in the prison for one year from 2003–04 before he was allowed monthly visits, and Human Rights Watch said that interrogators reportedly tortured him and beat him with a studded whip on the bottom of his feet. His room was 2 by 0.85 metres (6 ft 7 in × 2 ft 9 in), largely filled by a toilet in it.
In December 2004 Kurds in the prison conducted a hunger strike, which was allegedly halted by torture.
In March 2011, 13 prisoners at the prison including 80-year-old former judge Haitham al-Maleh, serving a three-year jail term for criticizing corruption in Syria, and lawyer Anwar al-Bunni, jailed for five years for "weakening public morale", began a hunger strike to protest political detentions and oppression.
On July 1st 2013 female detainees in the prison began hunger strike in response to negligence of their cases by the public prosecution of the Counterterrorism Court, and absence of approval of their respective trials.
As of December, 2014, the jail is well beyond its 2,500 person capacity at over 7,000 prisoners of all types of accused offenders. From murderers to traffic violators, Adra Prison has them.
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