NGO: Use bail to tackle ‘appalling’ overcrowding

The number of people being held in Cambodian prisons has reached epidemic proportions, leading to overcrowding and corruption, and causing families to suffer unnecessarily, claims a report by local NGO Licadho.

However, Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin rejected the findings, saying the rise in the prison population actually helped society and families and protected criminal investigations.

The report released on Thursday, Time For Bail: Ending Needless Mass Detention, details how the underuse of bail results in excessively long periods of pre-trial detention. This, it said, has far-reaching consequences on the lives of individuals, their families and communities.

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