Number of detainees in Cambodian prisons has doubled in past 10 years.

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Number of detainees in Cambodian prisons has doubled in past 10 years.

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Nov 04, 2016 7:03 pm

Various reasons are given for the increase in numbers, including improved law enforcement action. However, rights' groups have pointed out that the large numbers of suspects being held in pre-trial detention plays a major role in this rise in the Cambodian prison population. There are also increasing numbers of detainees with drug and alcohol problems, and people with mental health problems are often put in prison due to the lack of medical facilities.
For all these reasons, Cambodia's prison population is becoming severely overcrowded.

Prison rates soaring in Cambodia
Fri, 4 November 2016

Cambodia's incarceration rate has doubled in the past 10 years, according to statistics obtained from the General Department of Prisons.

Department spokesman Nouth Savna said that in 2006 there were just 9,634 people behind bars; as of earlier this week, that figure had increased 125 percent, to roughly 21,700.

Justice Ministry officials did not respond to requests for comment on how the Kingdom’s incarceration rate had gone up so sharply – doubling from 0.07 percent to 0.14 percent of the total population being in prison...

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Re: Number of detainees in Cambodian prisons has doubled in past 10 years.

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:44 pm

40% of inmates in prison for drug offences... and a 22.8 % increase in the prison population last year.

Prison numbers jump 20 percent
Thu, 23 February 2017
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Cambodia's already swollen prison population leapt by more than 20 percent last year, according to the Ministry of Interior’s annual report, which acknowledged the influx has caused “serious challenges” with overcrowding, and revealed one-third of inmates are in pre-trial detention.

Released at the ministry’s annual meeting yesterday, the report gave a rundown of the security sector’s activities in 2016, and also lauded the ministry’s suppression of protests, targeting of political dissidents and jailing of human rights workers.

It stated that 2016 saw a 3 percent rise in overall crime alongside a 22.8 percent increase in the prison population, with 13,635 people incarcerated last year and only 9,408 released. A further 76 prisoners died and three escaped.

Overall, it tallied 21,989 prisoners, including 1,781 women, 903 minors and 927 foreigners, with 40 percent of those jailed in 2016 locked up for drug offences, 10 percent for murder and 7.4 percent for aggravated robbery.

For the prison population overall, 7,495 were in pre-trial detention. Of the remaining 14,494, 8,028 have been sentenced but have not exhausted their avenues for appeal, while 6,466 have received a final verdict...

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Re: Number of detainees in Cambodian prisons has doubled in past 10 years.

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:42 am

A brand new prison for Sihanoukville...

Prisoners swap cells as Sihanouk facility opens
Fri, 17 March 2017

The nearly 800 inmates of Preah Sihanouk Provincial Prison got a new home yesterday as they were transferred to a new facility constructed over the past 11 months, provincial prison chief Sam Sophal said yesterday.

Sophal said that the 792 prisoners were moved by military trucks to the new site in Muoy commune, which was completed late last month.

The plot, roughly 20 kilometres away from the old location, was procured by the government following a land swap with the Sombo Dara Company, which was granted control of the former prison site in return for constructing the new facility.

“The new Preah Sihanouk Provincial Prison is larger, with better safety, security and environment compared to the old one. Particularly, we created a skill centre for training the prisoners . . . so that they can use the skills to earn a living for themselves and their families after they leave,” he said, adding that the old prison had no such centre.

According to Sophal, the new prison is also more than three times the size of the old facility, at 3.6 hectares. Cambodia is currently in the midst of a prison overcrowding crisis, with many prisons operating at more than two times their capacity...
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Re: Number of detainees in Cambodian prisons has doubled in past 10 years.

Postby Duncan » Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:59 am

For the prison population overall, 7,495 were in pre-trial detention. Of the remaining 14,494, 8,028 have been sentenced but have not exhausted their avenues for appeal, while 6,466 have received a final verdict...



Something seriously wrong with the system if there are 7,495 in pre-trial detention . I wonder how long they sit there before they have a [ fair ] trial.
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