Literally Fighting to Get Out of Prison

Posted: December 27, 2013 in Corrections, Violence
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What would you do to shorten your sentence if you wound up incarcerated in a Thai prison? Almost anything? If you’re one of the over 5,000 inmates at Klong Prem prison in Bangkok, you might just decide to fight your way out.

Image courtesy of tiverlucky FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of tiverlucky FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Sound like a crazy idea? It’s a reality at Klong Prem where inmates train to compete in high-stakes Muay Thai style bouts.

According to one visitor to the prison:

If an inmate wins a match, his case is referred to the warden of his prison, who then has the option of reducing his sentence by months or even years. After winning five straight bouts, Sawangsuk, a former enforcer for a Bangkok gambling ring, has already shaved seven years off his 10-year sentence. If he wins today, he could be a free man within a few months.

That’s right. Winning fights has shaved years off one inmate’s sentence. And he’s not the only one.

Check out the Vice doc below for the full story.

Thai Prison Fights Documentary

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