Thai Prison News

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

14 prison officers get sack

September 3, 2014
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14 prison officers get sack

The Department of Corrections has dismissed 13 prison officers on charges relating to smuggling drugs and mobile phones into prisons, the department chief said yesterday. The 13 fired consisted of both senior and junior officers, said Witthaya Suriyawong, director-general of the department. Three of them have been arrested and charged for possession of drugs, while…

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Prisons chief calling for overhaul

September 1, 2014
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Prisons chief calling for overhaul

The Corrections Department under the leadership of Witthaya Suriyawong is undergoing an internal revamp, hoping raises and new leaders will fix the country’s broken prison system. Public confidence in the department has lately taken a battering after revelations that inmates had access to contraband mobile phones and were even running drugs rings while under lock…

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Nordics a tiny minority among 16,000 foreign inmates in Thai prisons

September 1, 2014
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Nordics a tiny minority among 16,000 foreign inmates in Thai prisons

There are a small number of citizens of Nordic countries among some 16,000 foreign inmates in Thai prisons, according to Thailand’s Department of Corrections. As of August 2014, nine Swedes, four Danes, three Icelanders, three Norwegians and two Finns were being incarcerated pending trials or serving their sentences, said Manuch Sroypetch of Foreign Affairs sub-bureau,…

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NCPO: Let inmates earn from crafts

August 19, 2014
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NCPO: Let inmates earn from crafts

Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha told the Corrections Department Tuesday to stop collecting money earned from the sale of prison-made goods and, instead, allow the prisoners who make them to keep all of it. National Council for Peace and Order spokesperson Pattamaporn Rattanadilok na Phuket said Gen Prayuth said he believed inmates should earn from…

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Phuket prison raid turns up box cutters, inmate tests drug positive

August 8, 2014
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Phuket prison raid turns up box cutters, inmate tests drug positive

Despite an early morning search of Phuket Provincial Prison turning up a slew of contraband items and one inmate testing positive for drugs, the facility’s “White Prison” certification remains intact. “We have come out of many searches like this empty-handed. This is just one during which we found contraband items and only one inmate tested…

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Dept moves 6 prison chiefs

August 6, 2014
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Dept moves 6 prison chiefs

The Corrections Department has transferred the commanders of six major prisons after a large number of mobile phones and other prohibited items were discovered during prison raids. Department chief Witthaya Suriyawong said yesterday he signed an order on Monday to transfer the six prison chiefs. They are Phitsanulok Central Prison commander Chartpol Arpasat, who has…

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Over 500 Nigerians In Thai Prisons

August 4, 2014
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Over 500 Nigerians In Thai Prisons

Nigeria’s ambassador to Thailand, Mr. Chudi Okafor, has revealed that over 500 Nigerians are in Thai prisons for drug trafficking. This came to the fore when the diplomat paid a private courtesy visit to Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, at the Governor’s lodge, in Amawbia. Issues concerning agriculture and the challenges of drug trafficking amongst…

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IPSR urges better conditions for women behind bars

July 30, 2014
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IPSR urges better conditions for women behind bars

The Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR) yesterday called on authorities to improve living conditions for female inmates in overcrowded prisons. The call was made during a meeting with the National Human Rights Commission and the Justice Ministry. “We found most prisons hosting female inmates, especially resting shelters, are holding prisoners in numbers between…

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Thai Convicts Battle Foreign Boxers to Win Freedom

July 30, 2014
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Thai Convicts Battle Foreign Boxers to Win Freedom

Prisons in Thailand stage Muay Thai (a form of kickboxing) matches between inmates and foreign fighters to entertain prisoners and to promote good health. The fighters can also reduce their their sentences, and perhaps even win freedom, by doing well in bouts. Getty Images photographer Borja Sanchez-Trillo visited Klong Pai prison in Nakhon Ratchasima to…

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Disabled Scot claims he was battered by Thai prison guards

July 28, 2014
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Disabled Scot claims he was battered by Thai prison guards

A disabled man claims he was beaten bloody by Thai prison guards after he was left starving and penniless on a beach. Brain-damaged William Crook says he was flung in jail alongside murderers and terrorists after overstaying his visa. He had been sleeping rough and living out of his suitcase for months after a cash machine…

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