The foreign contingent consists of four Britons, four Germans, four Swedes, three Malaysians, three Indonesians, two South Koreans, two Taiwanese, two Guineans, two Cameroons, two Rumanians and single prisoners from Tunisia, Mexico, India, Pakistan, Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Nepal, Australia, Russia. Three are females - a Guinean, a South Korean and the Russian.
Commander Rapin - regarded as a reformer - said he expected Phuket Prison would be declared a ''white'' jail next week, signifying it is free from drugs and mobile telephones.
Good prisoners were allowed to relax on Saturdays and Sundays by playing and listening to music in mini-concerts, he said. Prisoners and jailers undergo regular checks by Public Health officials for drugs.
It's the no-tolerance policy against drugs that has triggered an explosion in prison populations on Phuket and in jails all over Thailand.
Although a plot of land has been set aside in Phuket's east for a new prison, no budget has been approved for the new jail or alternatively an expansion of the existing one.
The annual prison fair is being held at Saphan Hin in Phuket City from June 15-22, with furniture and other products made at Phuket and other prisons across the southern provinces for sale.