1 Pill = 28 Years: Thailand's Injustice System
Ken Albertsen, author
What started out as a chronology of my extended time in a Thai prison on phony charges - evolved to wider topics. It may sound like a conspiracy theory, but the book proves, through facts and personal experiences, how US's DEA plus right-wing Christian NGO's conspire to lock-up of tens of thousands of S.E. Asians. Ya-ba is the Thai word for 'speed' or methamphetamine. Thai authorities rake in tens of millions of dollars from US institutions - to criminalize tens of thousands of S.E. Asian men and women. Thailand is a small country, but is #6 ww in number of prison inmates. Thailand is also 6th ww in % of inmates per population. This is not because Thais are so naughty, but rather because certain Thai authorities get paid by DEA to imprison as many folks as possible. As a comparison, there are relatively few Thais in prison for rape, murder, stealing, and other felonies. Well over 90% of inmates are behind bars for dozens of years each, for relatively small offenses relating to speed (ya-ba). Inside the prisons, inmates are forced to sit/lie for 15 hours night on concrete floors with individual space allotment of 18" by 66", with lights on 24 hours/day. The 1 Pill = 28 Years book articulates such abuses. To keep an Inmate at Guantanamo Bay for a year costs $11.1 million. An inmate in a Thai prison costs $500/yr. Why does it cost 22,200 times more to keep a prisoner in a US prison, than in a S.E. Asian prison? Penal reform is badly needed. Prisons are needed to keep bad people away from society -- but they should not foment mental torture - particularly for victimless scenarios.