Funds for Prisoners in Thailand
Organized by: Loften Deprez
Foreigners arrested in Thailand face a number of severe obstacles to fair legal proceedings, the resources to survive, and any preparation to reenter society.
The Thai government is one of the harshest in the world when it comes to cracking down on drug trafficking. Possession of most illegal narcotics carries a mandatory minimum of about 20 years and a kilogram or two can bring a life sentence. This spells disaster for many foreigners who are duped into trafficking drugs or make a mistake on vacation in Thailand. Unfortunately, this can mean the rest of one's life will be spent in a Thai prison. This is an outcome that occurs quite often as translators are rarely available and foreigners do not receive any substinative legal council.
The conditions once in prison are deadly. Facilities are overcrowded and increased enforement of rules with the new government in Thailand has meant standards of living have plummeted in prisons. In Bang Kwang, where most foreigners are housed, inmates receive only two bowls of rice and broth a day. Everything else - vitimins, medicine, toiletries, paper & pens, and stamps - must be purchased. For those without supportive families this can be disasterous as outside money is the only income stream.
Given these conditions, most foreigners in Thai prisons lose any meaning in their lives and are not ready to reenter society if they are released. Depositing money into the prison bank accounts of these individuals allows them to have a basic standard of living and gives them access to more resources like reading materials. As individuals who have access to basic human and legal rights, we feel an obligation to help these individuals, even if just a limited way like giving money.
Feel free to email us any questions about Thai prisons, the prisoners receiving money, or the donation process at email@example.com . Thank you