Thai Prison News

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

Academic says prisoners should be allowed to have sex

March 18, 2014
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Academic says prisoners should be allowed to have sex

Prison inmates should be allowed to have sex with their wives or husbands twice a year, according to the author of an academic study into sex in Thai prisons. Siriwan Kraisurapong, a lecturer at Mahidol University’s Faculty of Social Sciences, said researchers have carried out five studies into sex in Thai prisons since 2010, all…

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Electronic tags used on 39 criminals so far

March 14, 2014
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Electronic tags used on 39 criminals so far

The Department of Corrections made known that the recently introduced electronic monitoring tags have so far been used on 39 offenders. Over 200 monitoring tags have been sent to the department for its pilot project. Bangkok will first implement the initiative and if it proves successful, 3,000 additional tags will be introduced to correction facilities…

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600 Burmese released from Thai prisons

February 15, 2014
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600 Burmese released from Thai prisons

More than 600 Burmese prisoners have been released recently in Thailand, Burma’s Deputy Home Affairs Minister Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint said in parliament on Friday. The deputy minister was speaking in response to a question by Thein Nyunt, MP of Thingangyun Township. “I had a chance to read out in parliament a letter sent by…

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Remote chopper used to smuggle drugs

February 10, 2014
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Remote chopper used to smuggle drugs

A remote-controlled helicopter was used to smuggle drugs and mobile phones into Khon Kaen Central Prison on Sunday. The aircraft flew over the walls of the jail and headed to Zone 2 in the early morning hours and dropped a box wrapped in grey duct tape near the bathroom area, Khon Kaen governor Somsak Suwannajarit…

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Inmates conceal phones in stomach

December 16, 2013
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Inmates conceal phones in stomach

Lampang prison officials were stunned to discover a prisoner had tried to conceal a mobile phone smuggled into the jail by swallowing it and carrying it in his stomach. Narong Juiset, director of Lampang Correction Institution for Drug Rehabilitation said, the prisoner was sent to a doctor after he developed a stomach ache. An x-ray…

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Freedom Fighters

November 20, 2013
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Freedom Fighters

It’s late summer in the emerald hills of Thailand’s Nakhon Ratchasima province, some 150 miles northeast of Bangkok. The sticky heat, common during this time of year, is even more stifling in the cramped courtyard of Klong Pai, one of the country’s largest high-security prisons, which houses drug traffickers, thieves, murderers and––as evidenced by the…

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Prison off hook over ‘Uncle SMS’ death

October 31, 2013
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Prison off hook over ‘Uncle SMS’ death

The 61-year-old grandfather, also known as ”Uncle SMS” because he was convicted of sending four short text messages deemed insulting to the monarchy to the then personal secretary of Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, died while in custody in May 2012. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for defaming the monarchy in 2010.…

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Justice Ministry proposes DNA tests for inmates

October 29, 2013
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Justice Ministry proposes DNA tests for inmates

The Forensic Institute was instructed to conduct compulsory DNA checks for inmates and migrant workers nationwide. During his inspection trip to the institute yesterday, Justice Minister Chaikasem Nitisiri was informed that collection of DNA data among inmates has been done on a voluntary basis and the institute now has DNA data for more than 100,000…

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Life behind bars in Bangkok’s notorious Klong Prem prison

October 25, 2013
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Life behind bars in Bangkok’s notorious Klong Prem prison

Journalist and Muay Thai enthusiast James Goyder got a glimpse inside a notorious jail when he participated in a boxing match with one of the inmates. The popularity of behind-bars documentaries like Banged Up Abroad had probably given me unrealistic expectations as I stepped inside the imposing walls of Klong Prem Prison in Bangkok. I…

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Justice Ministry eyes 42 new prisons for Thailand

October 17, 2013
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Justice Ministry eyes 42 new prisons for Thailand

Justice Minister Chaikasem Nitisiri yesterday revealed a plan to seek Cabinet approval for a Bt30-billion budget to build 42 new prisons nationwide. In a bid to curb prison overcrowding, the ministry also seeks to issue a regulation suspending the remaining sentences of elderly inmates and of those prisoners who have served at least two-thirds of…

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