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The Bangkok Corrections Museum in Maha Chai Road preserves gruesome aspects of Thai prison history and the brutal prison life before reforms were made to the penal system.
Typical Thai Holding Cell in Police Station
Bangkok Area Prisons
GETTING TO BANGKWANG:
Take the Chao Prayo Express boat upstream to Nonthaburi (about 10 baht from downtown).
Get off at Nonthaburi ( it is the last stop for most boats ).
When you leave the boat terminal, go straight up the road.
Take the first left.
Walk about 100 yards up the road to the prison.
Go into the Visitor Center ( across road from the main prison gate ).
Sign in with your passport.
Wait until the visit time is announced.
Cross the road (follow the crowd), (pass the Foreign Affairs Office )
Sign in : (leave your cameras, drugs, guns or other prohibited items at the desk.
Pass through the metal detectors and various steel doors.
Then pass by their prison store ( get a bottle of water etc )
Finally, you will see the visitor gallery.
Your friend will sit across from you ... separated by double fencing.
Be prepared for a shouting match, as there may be other visitors seated near to you,
each one trying to communicate as quickly and loudly as possible.
At the end of the visit you are allowed to leave any gifts for your friend at the
desk in the visitors area. Otherwise, follow the crowd, back to the entrance gate.
Klong Prem Men's Prison
33/2 Ngam Wong Wan Road, Bangkok 10900
Thonburi Remand Prison
Bangkok Central Correctional Hospital
Contact person: Dr John Lerwitworapong
Address: Central Hospital, Department of Corrections,
33/2 Ngamwongwan Road,
Tel: (02) 589-5250, (02) 591-4875 Fax: 02-591-4879.
Lard Yao / Bang Khen Womens Prison
Letters can be addressed to:
Bang Khen Womens Prison
33/3 Ngamwongwan Road Bang Khen, Bangkok 10900
Suan Plu Immigration Detention Center (IDC)
located on Soi Suan Plu, Sathorn. Ask the taxi driver to take you to "Daw Maw" or "Suan Plu" and you should have no trouble getting there. You can also take the Sky Train and get off at Chong Nonsi station (S3) and walk down Soi Suan Plu to IDC (about a 5-10 minute walk).
To get there: travel north on sukhumvit past naklua. just after passing Cholchon Resort on your left take the highway interchange to Rayong. Travel about 5 miles look for the signs in English "Pattaya Remand Prison". Take a left then go for about 2 miles past the Nong Pla Lai Municipal center. You will see another sign, turn left & travel about 1/4 mile. Visiting hours are 8am to 2pm but you must register by 11am. Monday thru to Friday except holidays.
Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) Prison
It's at the end of San Pasit Road/ 182 San Prasit Road.
Phitsanulok Central Prison
611 / 1 m. 8 Mittapab Road,
A. Wang Thong,
Phitsanulok, THAILAND 65130
An independent rights group in Thailand, the Union for Civil Liberties, has opened a campaign to improve conditions in Thailand's jails.
It has issued a report on prisons which highlights overcrowding, the use of shackles and the lack of medical care.
The group has campaigned against the death penalty and praises the government's promise to commute death sentences to life imprisonment.
That makes improving prison conditions even more important, it says.
Thailand's prisons are built to hold about 100,000 people - but according to the government's own figures, they are holding more than twice that number.
As a result, the conditions, says the Union for Civil Liberties, are horrendous.
People have to sleep in tight rows on hard floors. In these sleeping cells, each prisoner has an average of one square metre - as opposed to the four to six square metres described as the minimum by the Council of Europe.
Danthong Breen, chairman of the union, says the overcrowding is shocking.
"In the women's prison it's particularly bad. You have 200 women in a single cell," he told the BBC.
"If one of them has to get up at night to go to the toilet, they all shift a bit and when she comes back the space is gone and she has to stand up all night.
"The level of crowding is inhuman and inhumane."
The other horror, he says, is the widespread use of shackles.
These are welded on to the ankles of long-term prisoners and are not removed, even during illness, until the sentence is served.
The United Nations has criticised the practice. The Thai foreign ministry has promised to end it. The constitutional court ruled the practice was wrong.
But the reality of the over-crowding and a ratio of warders to prisoners of about one to 45, makes the practice hard to stamp out.
Prisoners with money are able to improve every aspect of their life behind bars, Mr Breen says.
But a lack of government money is holding back investment in new facilities and extra staff.
The civil liberties group suggests Thailand could look more at using non-custodial sentences. It estimates at least half of those jailed are being held for drugs offences.
And it hopes that whatever government emerges from elections next month, the promise to no longer impose the death penalty is kept.
Prison Wall, Try Getting over That
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