Prisoners at Klong Prem Prison

January 28, 2012
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Hundreds of inmates in Bangkok’s overcrowded Klong Prem prison watch other prisoners march away from a roll call August 22, 2000, where over 6,200 inmates are serving sentences on drug-related charges. Thailand’s Department of Corrections claims that there are now over 200,000 prisoners in its 133 prisons nationwide, double the number of just three years ago, a legacy of recent laws which allow street-level drug users to be jailed. Thailand is looking at better solutions to overcome the prison burden of drug addicts, like introducing a rural project where low-risk offenders go to work on government-sponsored plantations.

Hundreds of prisoners squat as they line up for a bowl of rice and dried fish in the overcrowded Klong Prem prison in Bangkok August 22, 2000, where over 6,200 inmates are serving sentences on drug-related charges.

Source: Reuters

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