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    I just called to say I'm locked up

    Spectrum, Frank Lombard, Published on 20/05/2012

    » Let's call him Bait. He's a Thai man in his early 30s who recently served five years at Khlong Prem Prison in Bangkok on a narcotics charge. Bait left prison before the floods of November 2011. He says that in his prison zone everyone had access to a mobile phone. About one-third of prisoners owned one, he says, while the rest shared. Bait said both convicts and prison staff knew exactly what was going on, and that officials controlled the supply of mobile phones in the prison and ignored their use.

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    Locked up women find fresh outlook thanks to royal programme

    Spectrum, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 24/06/2012

    » Of Thailand's 25,000 female prisoners, 85% are there due to drug-related offences. Compared to other world prison populations, this percentage is inordinately high, as is that of the rising number of female inmates in relation to male inmates _ some 17% of Thailand's prison population is female. Many are arrested after becoming involved in the drug trade, used as tools by dealers. As young as 18, they are drawn into the wrong kind of company, their gullibility exploited. They tend to be girls with little education from poor families who are desperate for money.

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    Overwhelming odds get better of efforts to stamp out prison drug trade

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 09/09/2012

    » In the early morning of Aug 18, Nakhon Si Thammarat prison warder Od Sae Pua was shot dead on the way home from the prison where he worked for years. The reason was simply that he had refused to help smuggle drugs into the prison and that he reported the attempt to bribe him to do so to his bosses.

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    Locked away and forgotten: inside a high security jail

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 04/11/2012

    » At two security checkpoints visitors are frisked and scanned with metal detectors. No sharp objects, no liquids, no metals, no mobile phones or gadgets.

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    A Christmas story, Klong Toey style

    Spectrum, Father Joe Maier, Published on 23/12/2012

    » They tried to lead a normal family life, but they were always looking back over their shoulders ... never quite sure if Herod's soldiers knew, when they killed all those children in Bethlehem more than eight years before, that Jesus had escaped that horrible nightThe children at our Mercy Centre don't really worry about time and space, so yesterday, today and even tomorrow all become ''right now''. If a story rings true to them, they ''buy in''. Like all kids, ours have an unerring sense of what's real and what's fake. And without exception, they like the story of Christmas. So here at Mercy, we celebrate Christmas every day, but especially on Dec 25, when we follow our Sacred Traditions.

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    Is 'White Prison' making Bang Khwang a darker place?

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 17/03/2013

    » Bang Khwang Central Prison is undergoing a transformation under an initiative aimed at ridding the notorious "Bangkok Hilton" and eight other facilities of drugs and other contraband. The "White Prison" policy came into effect last May under new director Vasant Singkaselit. Under the policy, visitors have been banned from bringing food, clothes or other items for prisoners; even books are banned. Prisoners are allowed to meet visitors once a day for 45 minutes, up to two visits a week, while visitors can only seen one inmate per day. Inmate workshops have been cancelled, punishments have become harsher and access to help in case of medical or fire emergencies has been limited.

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    What 'White Prison' status means for thai prisons

    Spectrum, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 17/03/2013

    » Kobkiat Kasivivat, deputy director-general of the Corrections Department, says that less than half of the prisons in Thailand have qualified for "White Prison" status so far.

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    Harbour for Rohingya or stop on way to hell?

    Spectrum, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 24/03/2013

    » For thousands of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state, the sleepy fishing village of Ban Hin Lat is the first port of call on their difficult quest to find better lives.

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    Power play draws flak from experts

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 14/04/2013

    » The public was thrown into a panic in February when Energy Minister Pongsak Rattapongpaisal said a power crisis was likely over the Songkran holidays. He attributed this to feeder lines from Myanmar's Yetagun, Yadana, and M9 natural gas fields in the Andaman Sea being closed for maintenance.

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    Hackers eager to exploit 'black holes' in Thai cyberspace security

    Spectrum, Published on 19/05/2013

    » The recent hacking of the prime minister's website set off alarm bells among the government's security watchdogs, but there are hundreds of well-trained hackers lurking in cyberspace ready to strike ill-prepared local networks.

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