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Soaring jail population prompts Thailand to rethink war on drugs

Bangkok's high-security Klong Prem prison is home to 6,267 inmates serving sentences that range from 15 years to life, with 64 per cent convicted of drug-related crimes.


SOMSAK Sreesomsong was 18 when he was jailed for selling illegal drugs. Now, turning 30, he is not yet half way through his 33-year sentence at Bangkok's high-security Klong Prem prison.

Somsak was "just a kid, not a big-time dealer", his older brother Panit said after a