More than 10 prison guards and correctional officers at Chonburi Central Prison were fired after reportedly taking bribes from inmates in exchange for services such as early releases, the Department of Corrections announced today, September 29th.
Director-general Ayut Sinthopphan said the order was made following complaints filed to the Anti-Corruption Police and the Ministry of Justice by Atchariya Ruangratanapong, President of the Crime Victims Assistance Club, and Chamras Homchit, a former inmate at Chonburi Central Prison.
Chamras told the officials that he was reportedly asked for a bribe by officials at Chonburi Central Prison in exchange for an early release. The Department of Corrections, therefore, appointed a committee to investigate the misconduct before reporting the results to the Civil Service Commission of the Department of Corrections yesterday.
The Commission has ordered the dismissal of 10 prison and correctional officers who were involved in 11 reported cases, including malfeasance, demanding benefits from inmates or relatives, smuggling prohibited items, absenteeism for more than 15 days without reasonable cause, and duty misconduct.
Ayut further stated that the Correctional Department has issued a letter to the prison commander in all detention centers and prisons to inform of the disciplinary action guidelines in case misconduct was found in prisons. The Department would consider suspending or dismissing a relevant person from government service in the next step before considering severe punishment.
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