Inside the Cambodian Correctional System

British Journal of Community Justice, Volume 8 (No 3): pp 7-22, 2011

17 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2012

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Chenda Keo

United Nations - Mozambique Office

Roderic Broadhurst

Australian National University (ANU); ANU Cybercrime Observatory; School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet)

Thierry Bouhours

Australian National University (ANU)

Date Written: March 5, 2011

Abstract

Little is known about how the Cambodia’s correctional system functions and the problems it encounters. This paper draws on the first author’s doctoral research in Cambodia in which he interviewed 91 detained traffickers, 200 prisoners convicted of other crimes, 55 prison officers in eight prisons. In addition, Cambodian attitudes to crime and punishment are discussed in the light of three sweeps of the United Nations International Crime Victim Survey (UNICVS). This paper provides insights into the correctional system focusing on three aspects: operation, irregularities and life in prisons. Cambodian prisons are more than just places of punishment and rehabilitation. Each is a society within the larger society, characterised by inequality, inequity, hierarchy and other aspects of life observed in the Cambodian society. Corruption and abuses of power were reported. Prisons are primarily places for the poor. Most prisoners were treated as if they were “less than human”.

Keywords: Cambodia, Correctional system, prison procedure, corruption, prisoner, prison officers/guards

Suggested Citation

Keo, Chenda and Broadhurst, Roderic and Bouhours, Thierry, Inside the Cambodian Correctional System (March 5, 2011). British Journal of Community Justice, Volume 8 (No 3): pp 7-22, 2011 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2122949

Chenda Keo

United Nations - Mozambique Office ( email )

Mozambique

Roderic Broadhurst (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

Thierry Bouhours

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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