Super security prison to be established in Thailand

February 8, 2012
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The country’s first super maximum security facility will be located in the Khlong Phai area of Nakhon Ratchasima’s Sikhiu district.

The Corrections Department touts the project as a silver bullet to combat drug dealings inside prisons.

Suchart Wonganantachai, director-general of the department, said 60 per cent of the 1,000 high-profile drug-related convicts rounded up from around the country would be accommodated in solitary cells.

The 20 per cent not on the prime watchlist would be housed two per cell and the 20 per cent of the lowest-profile criminals would be kept six per cell.

All 1,000 prisoners will wear electronic tracking devices and detention management will be completely computerised.

“All inmates are detained in separate cells to minimise their contacts and possible transactions,” he added.

Inmates convicted for separate roles in their dealings, for example, syndicate leaders, mules and coordinators, will be detained at separate prisons in a department policy to sort them out from many prisons. They would be regrouped in a major relocation plan being underway.

The first 221 high-profile offenders from various prisons will be sent to Khao Bin Prison in Ratchaburi until construction on the supermax penitentiary is completed within a year or two.

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