Thai Prison Blogs by Richard Barrow

Khun Chavoret Jaruboon, Thailand’s Last Executioner, has died

April 30, 2012
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Khun Chavoret Jaruboon, Thailand’s Last Executioner, has died

Another chapter in the history of Thailand’s penal system has come to a close. Late last night, Khun Chavoret Jaruboon, widely regarded as “Thailand’s Last Executioner”, died. He was 64 years of age. The following tribute was written by Susan Aldous who knew him well from his days at Bang Kwang: “My dear friend, R.I.P.! May…

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Prison Art and Craft Fair at Klong Prem

March 11, 2012
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Prison Art and Craft Fair at Klong Prem

The 45th Prison Craft Fair is taking place from 1st to 11th March 2012 at Klong Prem Prison in Bangkok. This is an annual event that showcases the work of inmates from all around Thailand. Large tents are set up in the fields in front of Klong Prem and each prison has their own shop.…

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Thailand Authorities to Crackdown on Jail Phone Sex

February 10, 2012
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Thailand Authorities to Crackdown on Jail Phone Sex

Although it is illegal, mobile phones have been used in Thai prisons for a long time. These have been smuggled into prisons in various ways. In the picture above, two men demonstrate how they used a remote control plane to fly mobile phones into a prison. In other places, the phones were thrown over the…

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Mobile Phone Jammers in Thai Prisons

February 9, 2012
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Mobile Phone Jammers in Thai Prisons

Khao Bin prison in Ratchaburi is being prepared for the arrival of up to 500 convicted drug dealers. Unlike other prisons, this one already has in place a number of phone jammers. Prison authorities are concerned that some inmates are continuing with the drug trade while behind bars. In just the last four months, 1,500…

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Tarutao Prison Island

February 1, 2012
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Tarutao Prison Island

One of the first books that I read about Thailand was called “Pirates of Tarutao” by Paul Adirex. It is loosely based on a true story of prisoners on a penal colony that were forced to become pirates due to food shortages during the Second World War. The real name of the author is Pongpol…

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Thai Prison Population Rises by 33.6% in Three Years

January 4, 2012
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Thai Prison Population Rises by 33.6% in Three Years

The Thai prison statistics for 1st December 2011 have just been released. Of course this doesn’t show a reduction yet as the prisoners that received a royal pardon weren’t released until later in the month. But it does give you an idea of how crowded the prisons were at that time. Back in October 2011…

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New Book “Bangkok Hard Time” by Jon Cole

December 20, 2011
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New Book “Bangkok Hard Time” by Jon Cole

Bangkok Hard Time by Jon Cole Published by Monsoon Books The surreal true story of how a Western teenager came of age in 1960s Bangkok, turned international drug smuggler and walked the prison yards of Thailand’s notorious “Bangkok Hilton” Buy at Amazon.com or on Monsoon.com.sg It is 1967 Bangkok, the Summer of Love, and for…

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Tour of Lak Si Temporary Detention Centre

December 20, 2011
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Tour of Lak Si Temporary Detention Centre

The chief of the Department of Corrections yesterday gave the media a tour of the Lak Si Temporary Detention Centre (เรือนจำชั่วคราวหลักสี่) which is presently undergoing renovation. Political prisoners are expected to be moved here soon. At the moment, the names and numbers of prisoners to be moved here are not known. Lak Si Temporary Detention…

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16-year Hell in a Thai Prison for Women

December 16, 2011
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16-year Hell in a Thai Prison for Women

The foreigner with probably the best knowledge of the inside of the Central Women’s Correctional Institution in Bangkok is former Miss South African finalist Venessa Goosen. She was arrested in 1994 at the airport with 2.7kg of heroin in her possession. She was initially sentenced to 50 years in the female section of Klong Prem…

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New Book by 13 Death Row Inmates from Bang Kwang

December 16, 2011
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New Book by 13 Death Row Inmates from Bang Kwang

During this year, 13 inmates on Death Row have been attending a writers’ workshop at Bang Kwang Maximum Security Prison. The purpose was to help heal their self-esteem, but also to set themselves as an example to Thai people of how not to spend their life. The workshops were run by Orasom Suthisakorn who is…

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