Baumettes Prison (also known as the Penitentiary Center of Marseille ) is a prison in the 9th district of Marseille .
The prison is named after the district of Les Baumettes . It is located at 239 Morgiou Road, in the 9th arrondissement of Marseille .  This area has been absorbed by the city.
It was built from 1933 to 1939.  It contains sculptures designed by Antoine Sartorio . It opened in 1936, closed the door. 
The prison covers some 30,000 m².  It contains 1,380 cells housing approximately 1,700 prisoners, mostly men, around a quarter of whom are not French. The site includes a unit for juvenile offenders, another for female prisoners, and a prison hospital.
A 10-year renovation project started in 2006.  The project will cost Approximately € 133 Million to Improve standards of hygiene, safety and security. The first phase from 2006 to 2010, Involved renovations to the entrances hand, watchtowers, visiting rooms, and the building of a new mess hall and workshops. The prisoners’ accommodation was renovated from 2009.
Three of the last four executions in France eu lieu en Baumettes: Ali Benyanès in 1973 Christian Ranucci is 28 July 1976 and the last, Hamida Djandoubi there 10 September 1977.
In January 2015, La Provence Revealed That pictures of Inmates with “cash, dope and mobile phones” Were uploaded to a Facebook page.  After the page was closed down by the authorities, another page was created, with similar pictures, but hooded inmates.  Prison wardens admitted they were understaffed.  Politician Eric Ciotti called for a ” Marshall Plan ” for French prisons. 
- ^ Jump up to:a b c d e French Ministry of Justice: Marseille: Penitentiary establishment – penitentiary
- ^ Jump up to:a b c d Henry Samuel, French prison guards warn Marseille jail has become a ‘holiday camp’ , The Daily Telegraph , January 6, 2015