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Additional safety measures for Thai prisons

Sean Kelly

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With curfew violations continuing to escalate, and memories of prison riots from fears of Coronavirus, the Department of Corrections stated they have further increased measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and reduce the fears of inmates.

The measures, according to an announcement by the PR Department, will consist of isolating new prisoners for 14 days, cancelling the professional training and vocational programs outside the prisons, no longer allowing visitors, measuring body temperatures regularly, and regularly observing prisoners and prison staff for symptoms closely. The DOC will increase efforts to educate inmates and staff on preventing the spread of the virus.

In a new development, the DOC approved a 200,000 baht budget to assist prisoners’ families in a case where a prisoner should die from Covid-19 while in custody.

SOURCE: Thai PR Department

 

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