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Commander Rapin announces Phuket's elevation to ''white'' prison status

Phuket Wins 'White Prison' Accolade

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
PHUKET: Phuket Prison has been declared a ''white prison,'' Commander Rapin Nichanon announced today.

This means the Phuket facility contains no illicit mobile telephones, no drugs, and no weapons, he told Phuket's media.

Although there are 1845 inmates in a prison built for less than half that number, Commander Rapin said today that the prison met ''a good standard'' in terms of quality of life.

Less than 40 of the inmates are foreigners. Eighty percent of the inmates are there for drugs offences.

Commander Rapin has a reputation as a reformer rather than a punisher, and has introduced or encouraged novel ideas aimed at encouraging prisoners to return to normal life.

There's a prison car wash and a traditional Thai massage centre, regular music concerts and family days.

A video connection with Phuket Provincial Court means many prisoners no longer have to be transported to court in shackles every 12 days for remand appearances.

Handmade products from prisons around Thailand's south will be for sale at fair at Saphan Hin park in Phuket City from June 15-22.

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Must be the only jail in the world, with no drugs and no weapons...amazing thailand

Posted by Apple on June 13, 2012 18:32

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Sorry but I find the idea that there are no contraband items in a prison a bit hard to swallow. Having said that I applaud the Commanders efforts at reform and wish him and his staff all the best in there efforts which I hope will be rewarded by a drop in return business

Posted by Arthur on June 13, 2012 22:41

Editor Comment:

We went on a dawn raid in February and all that was found was a small pocketknife, plenty of illicit cigarettes, and a copy of the equivalent of 'Playboy' magazine. We have no reason to suspect the ''white'' prison accolade isn't deserved. Scepticism is good, cynicism is bad, Arthur.

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I wonder if there are plans to make an addition prison on Phuket?
There has always been an over crowded Prison since I have read about the Phuket prison.

Posted by John on June 14, 2012 05:07

Editor Comment:

There is land set aside for a new prison, but no budget. It's the same elsewhere in Thailand.


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