Jails told to beef up security

February 7, 2012
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The chief of the Corrections Department has ordered prisons nationwide to tighten security to prevent riots which could result from the government’s plan to move prisoners convicted of drug trafficking to Khao Bin prison in Ratchaburi.

Pol Col Suchart Wongananchai, the department’s director-general, said yesterday some prisoners might protest against the policy and prison riots could take place.

He said the prisoner transfer will cover about 200 convicts who are involved with drug cartels and about 500 other inmates who are involved in drug trafficking in prisons. The prisoners will be transported this week.

Khao Bin prison can accommodate all the prisoners. Some convicts who have served parts of their terms and have not been involved in drug trafficking will be moved from the Khao Bin prison to nearby facilities to pave the way for the gathering of drug-related convicts.

Pol Col Suchart will visit the Khao Bin prison today to check its readiness.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said yesterday there should be clear deadlines for executing drug convicts on death row.

Otherwise, they would continue to cause trouble by directing drug trafficking from behind bars.

He will discuss a legal amendment with the state’s legal arm, the Council of State, so drug convicts whom the court of first instance and the Appeal Court have sentenced to death would have exact deadlines for their execution.

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