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Prison guards fired for gross misconduct

BANGKOK: The Department of Corrections has dismissed five prison officials for embezzling money from prison welfare shops as well as inmates’ accounts, bringing cell phones and other prohibited items into prisons, truancy, or not showing up for duty for 15 days without a valid reason, and other offences.


By Bangkok Post

Thursday 3 May 2018, 09:23AM


Col Naras Savestanan: Warders need clean-up. Photo: via Bangkok Post

Col Naras Savestanan: Warders need clean-up. Photo: via Bangkok Post

Speaking after a meeting with a prison disciplinary committee, Col Naras Savestanan, the department’s director-general, said officials decided to punish five people who have been found guilty of misconduct.

One was summarily dismissed for embezzling money from a prison-based welfare shop, the department chief said without giving the person’s name.

Another was sacked for smuggling phones and other prohibited items into inmate’s cells.

Two were fired for truancy while the fifth was found guilty of receiving and transferring money from prisoners’ private accounts into his own bank account.

Meanwhile, Col Naras said the department plans to improve the overall living conditions of inmates nationwide by purchasing 300,000 rubber mattresses.

Inmates at Thai prisons currently receive three blankets to sleep on. One is used as a mattress, while the other two serve as de facto pillows and blankets.

The “three blankets” policy of the Department of Corrections has been criticised by Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, who was released from Bangkok Remand Prison earlier this week after serving seven years for lese majeste and defamation. He described the treatment inmates suffer as “inhumane”.

Col Naras said his department is requesting a budget of B190 million from the Ministry of Justice to purchase rubber mattresses.

“They will be specially designed for prisoners. They look like yoga mats and can sleep one prisoner each,” he said.

The department will also revise the terms it uses to refer to inmates who cause trouble, he said. In future they will be categorised as “prisoners who need to be rectified” instead of “bad” and “very bad” prisoners to help prevent discrimination.

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Rorri_2 | 03 May 2018 - 16:27:33

"other prohibited items into prisons," if any are drugs then we will never be told... why, because  they have, probably, the only drug free prison on earth, except maybe Guantanamo. They must "protect" that white paper.

BenPendejo | 03 May 2018 - 11:52:06

No surprise here.  Corruption is rife in all government organizations.  It is just the way it is here...always has been...always will be.  Hard to tackle corruption with corrupt people ingrained into a corrupt system.  This will continue to hurt the prospects for growth throughout the country.

Kurt | 03 May 2018 - 09:56:54

For described 'miss conducts' as prison official one should go to prison himself, like in Singapore.
The inhumane treatments in thai prisons is infamous worldwide known. 
Many books and movies about it.

Good verbal job done by Mr Somyot. Now suddenly inmates get a mattress. Wow! 

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