Prison Stories

Visiting Bang Khwang Prison

Visiting Bang Khwang Prison

THE VISITOR’S EXPERIENCE When it comes to unsolicited visits from strangers, most inmates at Bang Khwang are happy for the respite from the tedium of prison life, but not all welcome the attention. ”I’m like a zoo animal asked to perform for the paying public!” complained one Asian prisoner. Likewise, a Hong Kong prisoner on…

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Locked Up Abroad Where Are They Now?: Angela Carnegie

August 28, 2012
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Locked Up Abroad Where Are They Now?: Angela Carnegie

After Andrew discovered you were in Bangkok and called you at your hotel, did you have second thoughts about going through with it at that point? I was very torn about what I was doing, but I had already been in Thailand for a while and didn’t have any money and knew that I had…

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What It’s Like In Thailand’s Deadliest Prison

June 12, 2012
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What It’s Like In Thailand’s Deadliest Prison

Thai prison, like all prisons, reveals the dark side of a person’s soul. It is how people behave when there are no constraints and outside limits are nonexistent. All the fury of the Thai people against the neo-colonial economic imperialism of the West is directed fully at Western prisoners; in the provincial prisons, at least,…

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The jailhouse rocked … Well, not quite

April 2, 2012
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The jailhouse rocked … Well, not quite

A former inmate at Samut Prakan prison says that while sleeping head to foot with 60 other convicts and dealing with meal-time misery wasn’t fun, his time incarcerated wasn’t the nightmare he was expecting. Let’s call him Stan. That’s not his real name, as this recently released prisoner doesn’t want to get into even deeper…

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Capital punishment in Thailand

Thailand does have the death penalty for various offences. Here are examples of crimes which may get a convicted offender sentenced to execution by the state. Offences against the security of the Kingdom, such as attacks on members of the royal family, rebellion or collaborating with an external enemy in the time of war. Arson,…

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You have no liberties here in the Thai Prison

June 2, 2011
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You have no liberties here in the Thai Prison

Should travelers find themselves on the wrong side of Thai law in a single “lapse in judgment”, it could be all it takes “to lose all your civil liberties”. So argues a 46-year old American, who in April served two weeks in the high-security Bangkok Remand Prison. He described conditions in the prison as “deplorable,”…

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Life in a Bangkok Prison

April 25, 2009
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Life in a Bangkok Prison

On the night of 31 August 2008 my life took an unexpected turn. I had spent months preparing for an interview in Melbourne with the InterContinental group. I was looking forward to working in the luxurious surrounds of the city’s newest five-star hotel. “Do you have a case, sir?” asked the official at Bangkok Airport’s…

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