Thai prisoners put to work finding victims of tsunami

Thai prisoners put to work finding victims of tsunami

[JURIST] In a bid to expedite the already-urgent task of finding and burying the more than 4000 local victims of last Sunday's South Asian tsunami, officials in the Thai Department of Corrections have offered reduced prison terms to volunteering inmates convicted of petty crimes serving sentences of less than two years. Thai pisoners have been asked to do other public works in the past with sentence reductions of a day for every day volunteered, but this time the reduction has been set at two days for every day spent in the grim task of locating decomposing bodies. About 50 prisoners have volunteered so far. Reuters has more.