Government to focus on second chance for convicts


Bangkok – The government continues to focus on its plan to offer a second chance to convicted criminals.

Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister ACM Prajin Juntong recently attended a seminar on the matter after the Department of Corrections reported on the problem of over-crowding at its controlled facilities, which currently house altogether 350,366 inmates.  The facilities were originally designed to accommodate up to 122,047 inmates only.

One of the suggested measures to remedy the problem is the electronic monitoring (EM) system to allow convicts to be temporarily released without needing to post bail.

While the device prevents convicts from running away, it can also help address the issue of social inequality due to poverty while enabling them to turn their lives around and learn new professional skills for a future working life after completing their terms.

ACM Prajin stated that the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Corrections will never allow conflicts with flight risks to opt for the EM system, while continuing to find new policies to control the population of inmates.