Behind the Wall



At the heart of this town is the shell of the former Chiang Mai Women’s Correction­al Institutio­n that incarcerat­ed women primarily for drug offenses. After the facility was closed in 2013, prisoners were relocated and offered training in massage therapy as part of a reentry program. Buddhist monks held seven days and nights of rituals to cleanse its foul past. Now the building is host to rats, cats, snakes and graffiti artists.

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