Thai Prison News

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

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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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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Klong Prem Central Prison searched

June 18, 2014
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Klong Prem Central Prison searched

The search team comprised narcotic suppression police, soldiers and corrections department officials. Pol Col Chatree Paisalsilp, deputy commander of the Narcotic Suppression Bureau, and Prasert Yusupharp, the governor of the prison, led the raid. The operation targeted Zone 2 of the prison where 841 major drug offenders are jailed. Many apprehended drug traffickers had said they…

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Panel probes prison death of inmate

May 9, 2014
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Panel probes prison death of inmate

A police investigation panel has been set up to look into a Bang Pong Pang police investigator and other officers involved in the arrest of a man who was mistakenly prosecuted under his cousin’s name and later died in prison.  Achariya Ruangrathana, president of The Club to Assist Victims of Crimes, yesterday led the family…

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British tourist, 46, was beaten to death in Thai prison

May 9, 2014
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British tourist, 46, was beaten to death in Thai prison

A British tourist accused of stealing a moped in Thailand was beaten to death in jail by a fellow inmate while in prison, an inquest has heard. Sean Flanagan died after a man allegedly jumped onto his body with both knees before pressing down on him so hard he suffered broken ribs and ‘blunt-object trauma’. Yet…

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70 Nepalis in Thai jails, want royal pardon

April 19, 2014
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A joint team from the Nepali embassy in Thailand and the Non-Resident Nepalis Association in Thailand (NRNA-Thailand) has learnt about the condition of Nepalis serving jail terms in Thai prisons. The team comprising Charge d´Affaires at the embassy Dor Nath Aryal, NRNA-Thailand President Khagendra Raj Dhakal and embassy official Hari Bahadur Thapa has learnt about the…

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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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