Thai Prison News

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

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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Drone caught smuggling phones into jail

July 23, 2014
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Drone caught smuggling phones into jail

   A drone equipped with a video camera and two mobile phones were intercepted by guards at Khao Bin prison, widely known to have the best security protection system of all prisons in Thailand. Danai Supsin, director of the Prisoner Counsel and Development Division, said on Tuesday that prison staff earlier received a tip-off about…

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Lak Si political prison may be shut

July 16, 2014
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Lak Si political prison may be shut

The Corrections Department is considering shutting down Thailand’s only prison for political prisoners, in Bangkok’s Lak Si area, two years after its highly publicised opening. The proposal to close the Lak Si temporary detention centre was mooted by prison chief Sorasith Chongcharoen and is now in the hands of newly appointed department director-general Witthaya Suriyawong.…

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Rape Suspect Beaten to Death In Prison

July 10, 2014
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Rape Suspect Beaten to Death In Prison

A man accused of sexually assaulting his seven-year-old stepdaughter has been beaten to death in prison, police say, a day after he insisted he was innocent. Prasin Nunkaew, 41, was arrested yesterday and charged with raping his stepdaughter on 6 July at a rubber farm in Trang district. Mr. Prasin’s wife filed the complaint with police.…

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Phuket’s Bang Jo Prison declared ‘white’

July 3, 2014
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Phuket’s Bang Jo Prison declared ‘white’

An early morning raid of Bang Jo Prison turned up no drugs or contraband today. More than 90 officers, led by Phuket Prison Chief Rapin Nichanon, began the search at 5:30am. Each of the 68 inmates was searched, as were their lockers, sleeping quarters, the infirmary and other areas where officers believed contraband could be…

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Prison troublemakers face ‘supermax’ unit

June 30, 2014
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Prison troublemakers face ‘supermax’ unit

Trouble-making inmates from across Thailand are being transferred to the country’s only jail with a “super-maximum” security facility. The Corrections Department also plans to set up three more “supermax” zones like the one at Khao Bin Prison in Ratchaburi in a bid to accommodate all misbehaving inmates and ensure that they lose their bad connections…

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Inmate dies after swallowing ‘ice’

June 28, 2014
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Inmate dies after swallowing ‘ice’

An inmate at Klongpai Central Prison has died after 20 condoms filled with crystal methamphetamine, or “ice”, burst in his stomach, according to prison director Aree Chaloeysook. Mr Aree said the inmate, identified as Anukoon Pasookf, had been sentenced to life in prison on drug offence and was fighting his case in the Appeal Court.…

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Behind bars: Thai women pay high price for drugs

June 24, 2014
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Behind bars: Thai women pay high price for drugs

Lured by easy money, an escape from poverty or family pressure, thousands of women are locked up for drug offences in Thailand, which has one of the world’s highest rates of female imprisonment. Mai, 27, was sentenced to three years in jail after she was caught with 20 “yaba” pills — a slang term for…

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Stop drug trade behind bars or resign, junta warns prison authorities

June 19, 2014
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Stop drug trade behind bars or resign, junta warns prison authorities

Top corrections Department officials should not continue in their posts if they fail to stop the drug trade in prisons, assistant Army chief General Paiboon Koomchaya said yesterday. Paiboon, who is in charge of legal and judicial affairs of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), said he had received a list of 200-300…

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