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21. Posted by nada (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

great forum!
i'd like to just say how brave and wonderful a person you must be to visit these people! you really are making the world of difference for someone, through this tiny gesture.
well done!

22. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks Nada

But i get something out of it too.
I enjoy contacting prisoners. Gives me more people to chat with. They have a story, to tell, which is interesting. Of course i dont agree with drug dealing, or drug trafficing, but they are interesting to talk with.
Also, it is a long time since i wrote a paper letter. It is a nostalgic experience, to write to someone.

Mel

23. Posted by jongriff72 (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

The website below has lots of information regarding foreign prisoners in Thailand - Lots of useful information if you are interested in writing or visiting, also some harrowing stories of life inside.

http://www.phaseloop.com/foreignprisoners/prisoners-thailand.html

24. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks very much, for that Johngriff.
I will certainly read it.

Mel

25. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

When i was in Bangkok, i saw some notes on a cafe notice board. They were the names of foreign prisoners, in prison in Bangkok, for drugs offences, who would like people to visit them.
I visited one of them, and i think visits mean a lot to them.
If anyone would be interested in visiting or writing to a prisoner, let me know and i will give u more information. They also like to get letters.
Mel

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Sorry, I have very little compassion for CONVICTED FELONS in prison! Where was the brains of these CRIMINALS, did they think the warnings that drug traffickers, when caught will go to jail? Did these criminals think that those warnings only applied to "other" drug traffickers?

Every prison in the West will have prisoners who claim they did not commit the crime, they were set up, they had bad lawyers, etc. Garner some sympathy from the gullible public to make your time in prison a little brighter. In the U.S. there are women who find their lovers or future husbands from a list of felons in prison. And surprise, surprise - they are shocked that this "fine choice of a specimen" robs, steals or beats them up when they get out of jail! (I guess that the prison time is what "made them bad!")

Are there some prisoners in Thai prisons who did not "really" commit the crime they are convicted of - maybe! Some were caught with drugs in their backpacks - their claim is they didn't know how the dope got there - guess next time they will observe their luggage a little more closely. You know that question the screeners at the airport always ask, "did you pack this bag yourself, have you kept this bag (box, suitcase, suitbag, knapsack, etc.) in your sight at all times?

Some of these convicted felons are covering for their friends or lovers who got away scot-free, no compassion there! However, most of these felons were found guilty because they did the crime! They tried to make a fast buck out of DRUG TRAFFICKING!

Different countries - different rules! If you want to engage in drug dealing or other illegal acts - do that crime in a country that "doing the time" will be a little easier to take!

Sorry charlie, do the crime do the time!

26. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 9y

I wish I had the balls to visit some prisoners

I go to Bangkok tomorrow

27. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Karazyal

Neither the prisoner I spoke with nor I claim, that the prisoners are innocent, of the crimes committed.
And, I do not consider it my job, to be judge and jury. Somebody else has already filled this role.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 2, 2007, at 2:47 AM by Mel. ]

28. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Zacary

It does not take much courage.
If u want, u can visit the guy, I visited. He is very easy to get along with. Very friendly and chatty. His name is Jody Aggett. U will see instructions in this thread, about how to get to the prison. Getting there is also fun and cheap. U get to do a nice ride on the river boat, for just 13 bahts, and then the prison is within walking distance, from where u get out of the boat.
U can bring the prisoner things, if u want, but it is not necessary. They will be happy with your company, alone.

Mel

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