Corrections Department fires 14 wardens for serious misconducts 

  • A prison police stands guard with a baton in the sleeping quarters of Bangkok’s Klong Prem Prison 09 August 2002, where both Thai and a large number of foreign inmates reside. The prison threw open its doors to the media for a look at operations and inmate living conditions in what prison officials call one of the ‘nicest’ facilities in the world, despite Thai prisons having notoriously dark, brutal and primitive reputations where one’s life changes for the worst once behind their doors. AFP PHOTO/Stephen SHAVER / AFP PHOTO / STEPHEN SHAVER

The Corrections Department has fired 14 wardens after finding them guilty of serious misconducts, ranging from taking bribes from inmates and assisting them to break the rules.

Of the 14 dismissed from civil servant services, one will be still entitled for pension payment same as normal retiree, while the others won’t be paid.

The decision to dismiss the 14 prison wardens was reached at the meeting of the department’s civil service sub-commission and was revealed to the public by department chief Pol Col Narat Sawetanan today (Dec 1).

Corrections Department chief Pol Col Narat Sawettanan

Their misconducts include:

  • Absence from official duty for over 15 days.
  • Taking bribes from prisoners over seizure of mobile phones in prisons.
  • Taking bribes from prisoners to operate gambling in the prison.
  • Embezzlement of prison earnings of more than 600,000 baht.
  • Allowing amulet trading in prisons.
  • Allowing male prisoners to have sex with female prisoners in female detention zone.
  • Involving in the smuggling drugs and mobile phones into the prison.
  • Demanding money from prisoners’ relatives to facilitate their visit.
  • Implicating in corruption of salary and allowance payments worth almost 5 million baht.
  • Buying alcohol beverages for prisoners in exchange with 2,000 baht money.

Department chief Pol Col Narat Sawettanan said the heavy punitive action was handed down to serve as a reminder for other wardens that the wrongdoers would be drastically dealt with.