Located in the meadow area of Beni Amer en route to Haifa, this prison was used throughout the British Mandate over Palestine and was expanded by the British before the Israeli occupation to include ‘security’ prisoners. Megiddo is therefore a relatively old military-controlled area; its associated detention center was opened by the Israeli occupation forces in March of 1988 with the beginning of the First Intifada. Thus the site which was, for a certused to imprison Jewish and Lebanese criminal prisoners then become a prison and detention center. Since 2005, the managerial authority over the prison was transferred from the occupying military to the Israeli Prison Services. Ofer prison also holds both administrative detainees and children. Occupation forces imprison child prisoners and administrative detainees in Megiddo as well-- which contains a special section for isolation.