Gor’s World

Guards, mobiles key to inmates’ deals

September 1, 2014
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Guards, mobiles key to inmates’ deals

Iron bars may limit the freedom of inmates, but they have failed to keep them from carrying on the drug dealing that put them in the facilities in the first place. Large prisons in recent years have turned from correctional facilities into the nerve centres for distribution of drugs, with several high-profile convicts refusing to…

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Contact Visit at the Prison

October 25, 2008
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Contact Visit at the Prison

Prison Factory Inmates in Thai prisons are confined in their overcrowded cells for at least 14 hours a day. Each room was built to house only 25 prisoners sleeping on the floor with no furniture and only one open toilet in the corner. These days, due to an increase in drug addiction, cells now hold…

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Becoming a Cell Boss

April 19, 2007
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Becoming a Cell Boss

The old Paknam Prison in 1937. Due to overcrowding, a more modern and bigger prison was built outside the city in 1997. In that year there were 125,000 people in Thai prisons. By the time the new prison had been completed in 2001, Thailand had  244,000 prisoners. An overwhelming 66.46% of the prisoners were there for…

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Surviving in a Thai Prison

April 18, 2007
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Surviving in a Thai Prison

Over the years, there have been many books about life in a Thai prison written by foreigners. They talk about sadistic guards and having to eat cockroaches in order to survive. The reality is far different. These prison blogs are the only account of life on the inside as written by a Thai person in…

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An Average Day in a Thai Prison

November 21, 2006
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An Average Day in a Thai Prison

A scene from the movie “Brokedown Palace” which is banned in Thailand My first impressions of Thailand even before I came here weren’t that good. While I was traveling in Australia I saw the movie “Bangkok Hilton” starring Nicole Kidman. I don’t remember much of the movie, but what stands out is Kidman going through…

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First Day in a Thai Prison

October 27, 2006
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First Day in a Thai Prison

Watch Tower at Klong Dan Prison, Samut Prakan  Last month I was telling you about the court case of one of my former students. He had been arrested last year for possession of drugs. The police found amphetamines pills on him. These are known locally as “yaa baa” or “crazy medicine”. The pills are not…

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Visiting Gor in Klong Dan Prison

September 23, 2006
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Visiting Gor in Klong Dan Prison

Samut Prakan Central Prison, Klong Dan The old prison in Samut Prakan is just down the road from me. All that remains are portions of the wall and the guard towers. They were supposed to turn the place into a public park. But that was about three or four years ago and nothing has happened. The…

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Back at the Thai Courthouse

September 22, 2006
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Back at the Thai Courthouse

  Criminal Court in Samut Prakan, alongside the Chao Phraya River I had last seen my former student at the Criminal Court in Samut Prakan. He was no longer “defendant number two” as he had already been tried and convicted. The judge had sentenced him to three years and a fine of 200,000 baht (about $5,400…

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The Courthouse Lockup

September 18, 2006
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This is now the final part of the series of blogs I have written about my two days in a Criminal Court in Thailand. The time between the court case and the reading of the verdict was an agonizing nine days. Defendant number two obviously didn’t get much sleep in the days leading up to…

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Judgement Day in a Thai Court

September 14, 2006
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Judgement Day in a Thai Court

The Scales of Justice inside the Court Room  I was telling you before about the day I spent in a criminal court in Thailand.  It was a long day and the bench I was sitting on was extremely uncomfortable. But, at least I knew for sure that I could go home at the end of…

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