Wednesday, February 24, 2010

South Korea opens prison for foreign convicts

from the BBC:
The number of foreigners in South Korean jails has more than doubled in the past four years to about 1,500.

The prison's director said the inmates would still be able to pursue the "Korean dream" that had led them to the country in the first place.

The prison is about 100km (62 miles) south of the capital, Seoul, in Cheonan.

Inmates are given classes in Korean culture but can also view satellite TV from around the world and eat non-Korean meals. A number of the guards are fluent in English, Russian or Chinese.


The government has said the facility aims to respect the inmates' human rights and treat them in a humanitarian manner regardless of their language, culture or religion.

"We will operate this facility for the inmates to recognise that their 'Korean dream' was not a failure," said the prison's director, Kim Pyung-gun. "We will give them a message of hope."

Ok, so what's this "Korean Dream" Kim Pyeong Gun is talking about. It's the first I've heard about it.

1 comment:

Pree-oz said...

Whoa Gary, these are all migrant workers I bet. Or immigrants who came to Korea "for a better life."

Russians, Africans, Middle Easterners, Chinese...

WHOA. I wonder why they don't get put in regular Korean prisons?!