Prison Fight is an international team of proponents of the martial arts rehabilitation, which developing rehabilitation initiatives in the prisons around the world. With the development of sports inside prisons Prison Fight would like to minimize the various internal problems such as drug abuse and violent behavior among inmates.
Thailand has a strong traditions of the martial arts such as Muay Thai so this country becomes the first place where Prison Fight program was started in 2012, and January 2013 the first Prison Fight event took place inside prison walls, from the first moments the event was highly appreciated by the Prison authorities and inmates. Events are a part of big rehabilitation program of the Prison Fight team and the Department Of Corrections. During passed years the Prison Fight team got huge experience in organization of events and sports venues like Gyms inside various prisons of Thailand.
The Prison Fight program was first who start to bring foreign fighter from all over the world to give them chance to challenge inmate boxing team. In Prison Fight event participate fighters of any kind of skill range – from beginners till world champions. If inmate stays in program for long enough time – he can request sentence reduce from Department of Corrections. So literally they get freedom from drugs and possibility to come back to their families sooner.
The ultimate aim of rehabilitation program is to promote sport and good health among prisoners. The Prison Fight gives to participants a discipline and helping to stay focused, organized and motivated. Prison Fight will help the prisoners keep necessary link with society and to help them with better social adaptation in the future.
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The first three Prison Fights were held in early 2013 at Klong Pai prison, a medium-security complex in the Nakhon Ratchasima province, 100 miles north of Bangkok. In past Prison Fights, news of sentence reductions has come quickly – Chalernpol Sawangsuk, an inmate competitor in the third event, was released shortly after his July victory over British professional Muay Thai fighter Arran Burton.
“Giving these guys [the prisoners] the opportunity to prove their talents is important. They may be criminals but they are also human beings so staging the fights is good karma for us.” “Most of them will be here until their hair grows grey. The respect Muay Thai affords them is one of the things they can hold onto.” And a little hope never hurt anyone.
Drugs and gang activity are rampant in Thai prisons, and there are precious few opportunities for rehabilitation or education. Training for a match helps center the contestants and fills up their days with gym time. It also makes work for scores of other prisoners, who serve as coaches, cutmen, sparring partners and masseurs. These crewmen develop strong bonds with their boxers and each other, as well as a sense of purpose
"Mehrere Dutzend Häftlinge sind durch die Kämpfe schon früher freigekommen", sagt Gefängnisdirektor Chaloisuk. Die Wahrscheinlichkeit, beim Prison Fight zu verlieren, ist für die Insassen sehr gering. Nur die wenigsten ausländischen Teilnehmer können mit ihnen mithalten. Sie haben viel weniger Erfahrung im Muay Thai: Ihre Schläge mögen härter sein, ihre Tritte sind dafür schwächer als die der Häftlinge.
The recent incorporation of foreign fighters to challenge the prisoners has been spearheaded by an independent organisation called Prison Fight. Billed as a charity, Prison Fight provides sporting equipment, small monetary rewards and, most important for the inmates, offers the successful a realistic chance at getting their sentences reduced.
Being incarcerated is never good but getting locked up in Thailand is a particularly bad idea. Conditions for inmates are notoriously harsh and contact with the outside world is minimal. Which is why when I got the offered a boxing match inside Central Prison in Bangkok, as part of Prison Fight charity program, I knew it was too good an opportunity to turn down.
Inmates battle foreign fighters in organised matches put on by Prison Fight, and those who win will receive money and have the opportunity to meet with the warden and have their sentence reduced. An inmate is also expected to display good behavior and personal development in addition to his fighting prowess. The Thai prisoners win the majority of fights.
They're being trained in the martial art of Muay Thai, then pitted against visiting fighters from around the world in organised tournaments. The prize if they win is the chance to reduce their sentence, and even unlock new opportunities as professional fighters and trainers on the outside. In a country facing a growing prison population, could this unlikely program actually help in the fight against crime?