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Bill to allow criminal records to be scrubbed

Bill to allow criminal records to be scrubbed

BANGKOK: People who have been convicted of a crime and served their sentence will be able to clear their criminal records, according to a new draft law.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 16 June 2022, 08:26AM


Three hundred prisoners have been released from Ban Noen Sung prison in Prachin Buri. They have completed a Corrections Department pilot job-training scheme designed to help inmates acquire new skills before returning to society. Photo: Chanat Katanyu / file

Three hundred prisoners have been released from Ban Noen Sung prison in Prachin Buri. They have completed a Corrections Department pilot job-training scheme designed to help inmates acquire new skills before returning to society. Photo: Chanat Katanyu / file

Additionally, about 150,000 criminal suspects whose cases were rejected by the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) or who have been acquitted in court will also be able to clear their criminal records, according to the bill on criminal records, reports the Bangkok Post.

The draft law is aimed at improving opportunities for such people when they are seeking a new job, said Chawalit Wichayasut, a Pheu Thai Party MP for Nakhon Phanom in his capacity as vice-chairman of the House committee on justice and human rights.

At a committee meeting on Wednesday, Royal Thai Police (RTP) officials reported there are about 12 million people who have a criminal record, 150,000 of whom are criminal suspects who haven’t been arraigned or have been acquitted already, he said.

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The committee agreed in principle that these people deserve the right to have their criminal records expunged from the police’s database, which the RTP estimated could be done by September.

Under Section 28 of the constitution, those who have been proved not guilty or already served their sentences deserve to have rights equal to other people, Mr Chawalit said. Already approved in past public hearings, the bill on criminal records now awaits submission to the cabinet, he said, adding it would allow those with a record to regain their place in society.

This bill is crucial to ensure justice as criminal records affect the lives of people who have been acquitted or completed their sentences, said Assoc Prof Yuttaporn Issarachai, a lecturer at the School of Political Science of Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University.

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DeKaaskopp | 18 June 2022 - 15:30:57

@K  "  we all can meet here in harmony and with respect for each other "   You mean like as in all your comments packed with scorn and mockery about Thais/Thailand ? If that is your understanding of harmony, then take a guess who is the real disillusioned person on here.

Kurt | 18 June 2022 - 10:35:06

Personal I feel it is polite to react on comment of others with respect regardless of what I think about a comment. We all can meet here in harmony and with respect for each other. For DKK's writing: 'Obviously you are not the sharpest tool in the shed' should be no place. That is not a 'article comment'. Perhaps BKK is a disillusioned man and needs outlets here.

Kurt | 18 June 2022 - 10:24:18

DKK keeps putting in words in comment others through his reactions, words that deforms a comment completely. After shuffling his words in other comment, he reacts . In my comments he brought in the words 'clear' and 'only', not use by me, changing meaning others comment completely in his reaction. It is almost 'manic in obsession'.

DeKaaskopp | 17 June 2022 - 15:46:20

@K.   Obviously you are not the sharpest tool in the shed . Read your own comments again. ( " ..probably a initiative to clear the many Hi-So's }

Kurt | 17 June 2022 - 13:34:52

DKK is tale wagging and derailing.  I didn't say it would benefit the Hi-So's ONLY. You make that up.

DeKaaskopp | 17 June 2022 - 12:36:21

Kurt, actually it was you saying that it will benefit the Hi-So's only ! Of course that's sheer nonsense !

Kurt | 17 June 2022 - 11:49:19

DKK reaction is not reflecting correct. The bill is not to 'protect' Hi-So's, but to make them clean like a baby. So Thailand can say honestly that there are no criminals in government and political positions. The lower class just lift with it, but do have not the illusion that Government give a damn about lower class, although they try people to believe that. Ever visited a Thai priso...

christysweet | 16 June 2022 - 19:14:45

Yes, a very good and socially kind idea. Preventing people from rejoining society fully is cruel  and counterproductive n every way. 

DeKaaskopp | 16 June 2022 - 19:05:05

Kurt, this bill isn't made to protect some Hi-So's. Their crime is all over the news and won't be forgotten that easy.Seems like you collecting those old articles about them doing wrong. Pinned all over your wall ?

BigaAResort | 16 June 2022 - 12:54:43

I don't care about clearing there criminal records,I just don't employ them !except  for cutting gras in my garden,Horst

Kurt | 16 June 2022 - 09:11:20

It becomes painfull for Thai Government that in foreign governments and on diplomatic parties are talks about the number of serving Thai high ranking people with a criminal record. But cleaning records abroad remains a dream, like that of a Thai professor who tried to steal a painting in Japan. Or that general, flying to Japan with a gun in luggage. Both welcomed back with flowers.

Kurt | 16 June 2022 - 08:56:18

No illusion that this initiative is to 'serve' the lower class ex-cons. Probably a initiative to clear the many Hi-So's, high ranking convicted RTP officers, politicians and army men. Flour CaptainThamarat, Joe Ferrari, 5 officers who killed suspect in police station, etc. At end they all become 'blanc' like a baby. No ex-cons serving in high positions, are given face back.

 

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