Overcrowding Seen in Cambodia’s Prisons: Report

Cambodian prisons are overcrowded, and the country’s criminal justice system must begin granting bail to citizens awaiting trial, the Cambodia-based rights group Licadho says in a new report.

Already troubled by violations of prisoners’ rights, disproportionate sentencing, and a rampant culture of corruption, the situation grew worse in 2017 when the numbers of prisoners dramatically increased when Phnom Penh began a war on drugs, the report “Time For Bail: Ending Needless Mass Detention” says.

Speaking to RFA’s Khmer Service, Licadho monitoring manager Am Sam Ath said “All 18 prisons that Licadho has worked with are holding three times as many prisoners as they should.”

Read the full story: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/prisons-11012018180544.html

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