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BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraq has reopened the notorious Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad, but it has a new name and officials promise more humane treatment of prisoners.

The compound has come to symbolize American abuses after photos released in 2004 showed U.S. soldiers sexually humiliating inmates there.

The renovated facility, now called the Baghdad Central Prison, has recreational areas including a sewing room, exercise equipment, computers, a library and green houses.

Officials promised to address concerns raised by human rights groups about overcrowding and torture in Iraqi facilities.

Rehabilitation chief Abdul-Mutalb Jassim said Saturday during a tour that about 400 prisoners have been transferred to the site. It can hold 3,000 inmates.

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