Thai Prison News

Latest news about prisons in Thailand from the local and international media.

Thailand: Migrant Children Locked Up

October 2, 2014
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Thailand: Migrant Children Locked Up

Thailand holds thousands of migrant children in detention each year, causing them physical and emotional harm, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Child migrants and asylum seekers are unnecessarily held in squalid immigration facilities and police lock-ups due to their immigration status or that of their parents. The 67-page report, “‘Two Years…

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Chiefs risk wrath over jail drugs

September 27, 2014
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Chiefs risk wrath over jail drugs

Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya has told prison chiefs nationwide it is their responsibility to stamp out the use of prohibited items, including drugs and mobile phones behind bars. He was speaking after delivering a policy statement to commanders of 143 prisons nationwide yesterday. Gen Paiboon said he still adhered to the same policy that every…

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Ministry eyes state bail for poor inmates

September 25, 2014
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Ministry eyes state bail for poor inmates

The Justice Ministry plans to use money from the Justice Fund to seek bail for inmates remanded on petty charges to reduce prison overcrowding. Deputy permanent secretary for justice Thawatchai Thaikhiew said the initiative, which is aimed at providing fairer justice and reducing prison populations, will be unveiled next week as part of commemorations to…

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Unrest, fights disrupt two prison centres

September 25, 2014
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Unrest, fights disrupt two prison centres

Sixteen Pathum Thani prison inmates, mostly with head wounds, were taken to Pathum Thani Hospital yesterday after a brawl. Prison deputy director Danai Yoopaniad said the prisoners had fought each other in a morning riot before guards intervened. Another argument among the brawl ringleaders led to more fighting in the afternoon, and more injuries, he…

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Klong Prem prison’s raid nets 20 cellphones, drugs and many knives

September 24, 2014
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Klong Prem prison’s raid nets 20 cellphones, drugs and many knives

The police and the military arrested a drug trafficker and seized about 20 mobile phones, drugs knives and other sharpened objects in a raid of Klong Prem central prison today (Wednesday). The raid followed the recent arrest of two drug addicts, Natthakarn Poonsap and Mrs Nareerat Supanya who allegedly confessed to getting their drug supplies…

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Compensation for wrong imprisonment

September 22, 2014
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Compensation for wrong imprisonment

Soon individuals who were wrongly imprisoned or victims of serious crimes will be able to lodge a police complaint and simultaneously file for compensation with the Rights and Liberties Protection Department. Department chief Pol Colonel Narat Sawetnan said he would meet Police chief General Somyos Phumphanmuang on October 1 and ask him to help set…

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Major reshuffle of prison chiefs

September 22, 2014
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Major reshuffle of prison chiefs

The Justice Ministry yesterday ordered a major reshuffle of the 23 chiefs of major prisons across the country on October 1. Acting Justice Minister Charnchao Chaiyanukij signed the ministerial order for the reshuffle. Sorasit Chongcharoen, chief of Bangkok Remand Prison, will become the head of Bang Kwang Central Prison, swapping roles with Ayut Sinthapapan. There…

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Jails to raise inmates’ skills

September 17, 2014
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Jails to raise inmates’ skills

The Corrections Department has come up with an idea to turn its prisons into centres for inmate learning and skills training. Department chief Witthaya Suriyawong yesterday said the training programmes at the department’s 143 prisons nationwide need to be revamped based on their strong points in particular learning fields. Thon Buri Remand Prison was known…

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Phuket’s White Prison status untainted by porn cache

September 3, 2014
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Phuket’s White Prison status untainted by porn cache

The overcrowded Phuket Provincial Prison maintained it’s unblemished White Prison status despite dirty magazines, as well as other contraband, being turned up in a pre-dawn raid this morning. “We searched all possible places that inmates could be hiding contraband and found three adult-content magazines, two pairs of box cutters and a leather belt,” said Phuket…

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Children Behind Bars as Packed Phuket Prison Groans

September 3, 2014
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Children Behind Bars as Packed Phuket Prison Groans

A little girl in a blue dress and her playmate in yellow were seen behind the wire at Phuket Prison when authorities conducted a raid before dawn today. Five children – two boys and three girls – are allowed to spend nights with their mothers at the jail, which is now overcrowded to bursting to…

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