Thailand to build 42 new prisons for $1b

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Thai prison visitThailand’s justice ministry will seek cabinet approval for its plan to build 42 new prisons throughout the country costing about $1 billion,the Bangkok Post reported.

One of the jails will be Thailand’s first “supermax” prison, according to Justice Minister Chaikasem Nitisiri. He made the announcement at a press conference on October 16.

He added that the 42 new prisons are needed because existing prisons are old, overcrowded and located in the middle of populated communities. He argued that it would be better to relocate prisons out of towns, allowing the plots of land from the old prisons to be used for other purposes.

One of the 42 new facilities will be a “super-maximum security” prison in Khlong Phai district of Nakhon Ratchasima province. This prison will be reserved for the most troublesome and dangerous convicts, including those with a track record of causing problems in the general prison population. It will house convicts serving both short and long-term sentences.

The Corrections Department has invited staff from “supermax” prisons in the US to give advice on the plan to build the prison at Khlong Phai. The other 41 ordinary security prisons, which will vary in size, would feature “green areas”, as well as wastewater treatment and garbage disposal facilities.

Khlong Prem Prison, which is situated on a 300-rai plot in Bangkok, is not one of the prisons earmarked for relocation under the plans. Khlong Prem and Bang Kwang Prison in Nonthaburi will be relocated under another project to be implemented at a later date.

There is also a proposal to the justice ministry “to consider in principle” to establish some privately-run prisons. However, the scheme would require an amendment to the Criminal Procedures Code. If approved, privately-run prisons would be used to detain suspects pending court trials who are still considered innocent of wrongdoing.

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Thailand’s justice ministry will seek cabinet approval for its plan to build 42 new prisons throughout the country costing about $1 billion,the Bangkok Post reported.

Reading Time: 1 minute

Thai prison visitThailand’s justice ministry will seek cabinet approval for its plan to build 42 new prisons throughout the country costing about $1 billion,the Bangkok Post reported.

One of the jails will be Thailand’s first “supermax” prison, according to Justice Minister Chaikasem Nitisiri. He made the announcement at a press conference on October 16.

He added that the 42 new prisons are needed because existing prisons are old, overcrowded and located in the middle of populated communities. He argued that it would be better to relocate prisons out of towns, allowing the plots of land from the old prisons to be used for other purposes.

One of the 42 new facilities will be a “super-maximum security” prison in Khlong Phai district of Nakhon Ratchasima province. This prison will be reserved for the most troublesome and dangerous convicts, including those with a track record of causing problems in the general prison population. It will house convicts serving both short and long-term sentences.

The Corrections Department has invited staff from “supermax” prisons in the US to give advice on the plan to build the prison at Khlong Phai. The other 41 ordinary security prisons, which will vary in size, would feature “green areas”, as well as wastewater treatment and garbage disposal facilities.

Khlong Prem Prison, which is situated on a 300-rai plot in Bangkok, is not one of the prisons earmarked for relocation under the plans. Khlong Prem and Bang Kwang Prison in Nonthaburi will be relocated under another project to be implemented at a later date.

There is also a proposal to the justice ministry “to consider in principle” to establish some privately-run prisons. However, the scheme would require an amendment to the Criminal Procedures Code. If approved, privately-run prisons would be used to detain suspects pending court trials who are still considered innocent of wrongdoing.

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