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Fighting for freedom (out of prison)…

Prisoners are normally punished for fighting – but one jail in Thailand does just the opposite.

Klong Prem Central Prison offers inmates the chance to have their sentences reduced or even be released, by beating foreigners in fights. There’s also prize money up for grabs.

The concept is a twist on Jean-Claude Van Damme movie In Hell, where prisoners fight each other to entertain the warden.

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Prisoners are given the chance to 'battle for freedom'

The bouts at the Thai prison take place at a tournament called ‘Prison Fight’, which features a ring with this title emblazoned across it.

The bizarre sense of razzamatazz is heightened by the fighters’ clothes – they wear special ‘Prison Fight’ shorts – and the cheerleaders who sometimes parade around.

The fights are watched by prison officials and huge numbers of inmates.

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Brutal - An outsider (left) takes on an inmate as the referee looks on
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Beating inmates in the bouts gives civilians huge bragging rights
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Many of the prison fighters train everyday
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A boxer warms up before stepping into the ring
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Fights are presided over by prison officials

The incentive for the prisoners is obvious. Winning bouts against prisoners gives foreigners ‘epic bragging rights’.

Many of the outside fighters are very experienced, but they’re often up against inmates who train every single day and it’s the latter who win most often.

‘Prison fights are done to help the prisoners. It lets the prisoners fight so they can earn money,’ said Mr. Pek, Prison Fights coordinator.

‘They also fight to reduce the time of their sentences. To reduce their sentence and to bring honour and fame to Thailand, if they can defeat foreign fighters and fight a lot. Some of the fighters are in for drugs, robbery or murder. There are boxers doing life or 50 years. There are boxers who can never get out.’

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Boxers jailed for murder are not granted freedom even if they win
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Similar to the concept of Jean-Claude Van Damme's movie 'In Hell'
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Prisoners are told that they bring honour to their country (if they win)

 

Source – http://www.coloradonewsday.com/national/44405-fighting-for-their-freedom-thai-prison-inmates-earn-parole-by-beating-foreign-kickboxers-in-brutal-tournaments-and-bringing-honour-to-their-country.html

Hello Kitty Punishment for Bad Cops

The Thai police seems rather intent on cleaning up its force.

In addition to fat camp for overweight cops, there’s, well Hello Kitty.

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Misbehaving police officers are emasculated in public and forced to wear the adorably iconic kitty’s face along with a pair of linked hearts.

No matter how many ribbons for valour a Thai officer may wear, if he parks in the wrong place, or shows up late for work, or is seen dropping a bit of litter on the sidewalk, he can be ordered to wear the insignia.

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“Simple warnings no longer work,” according to police colonel Pongpat Chayaphan, acting chief of the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok.

“This new twist is expected to make them feel guilt and shame and prevent them from repeating the offense, no matter how minor. Hello Kitty is a cute icon for young girls. It’s not something macho police officers want covering their biceps,” Pongpat said.

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“We want to make sure that we do not condone small offenses,” Pongpat said, adding that the CSD believed that getting tough on petty misdemeanors would lead to fewer cases of more serious offenses including abuse of power and mistreatment of the public by police officers.

So, should police officers who commit more serious offences be made to carry Hello Kitty pistols?

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…or have their police cars plastered with Hello Kitty stickers?

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References:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/07/05/thailand-police-hello-kitty_n_3550405.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/08/06/bad-thai-cops-to-endure-hello-kitty-punishment/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6932801.stm