At the weekend we took a visit to the Phnom Penh prison. The prison is not too far from the Killing Fields on the edge of town. It is a "model" prison because lots of NGOs come to monitor it. There is a women's, men's and youth prison. Even though it is a "role model" prison it doesn't mirror a western prison at all.
On the way
We were lucky to go because of a University Project which is presently helping the youth offenders recognise the importance of law and their rights. The Project is very impressive. It is run by students at a Cambodian University - This in itself is great to see as so much is done by international NGOs which could be done by Cambodians themselves. The Project was very professional and the ideas that they are running and the way they are running the workshops are excellent. They have about 60 children attend so the class is BIG! Last weekend they were studying the rights of the child.
The gates of the prison
You can read more about the Project here http://groups.google.com/group/soc.culture.cambodia/browse_thread/thread/6e332b19c0dc1a92
We then met with the prison director to discuss our ideas for the prison. I'll put more about this later when things are better established...