The Ministry of Justice is planning to launch “soft” prisons to develop the working skills of ex-cons and assist them with finding a job upon release.
The plan also includes tax incentives for companies willing to hire former prisoners with a proposal to double tax deductions already in place for two years.
Justice Minister, Somasak Thepsutin, announced the plans following a meeting between the Ministry of Justice and a steering committee on human rights.
He urged other ministries with land holdings to contribute to the scheme. The minister proposed they assist by providing some of the lands for building centers or “soft” prisons where convicts can learn the necessary skills after release. He said:
“We do not want to build more jails. But if we have to, the new prisons will be “soft” prisons that are cheaper to build. They will also serve as places where we develop skills for inmates.”
Prisons are being developed nationwide as part of a national plan focusing on human rights.
Part of the development includes ensuring there is sufficient space for prisoners intending to provide at least 1.2 square meters per inmate.
The meeting concluded that the Ministry of Justice works closely with other government ministries and private organizations.
Working together would better develop work skills for inmates both during their time in prison and upon release.
Source: Bangkok Post