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Doctors Leave Correctional Facilities amid Poor Wages and Prisoner Lawsuits

Doctors Leave Correctional Facilities amid Poor Wages and Prisoner Lawsuits

SEOUL, April 16 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean doctors working at correctional facilities such as prisons and detention centers are suffering from poor working conditions and frequent lawsuits by prisoners. The number of general practitioners and specialists working at South Korean correctional facilities totaled 89 as of February, according to the Ministry of Justice. Given [...]

Supreme Court Confirms 17-year Prison Term for Ex-President Lee Myung-bak in Corruption Case

Supreme Court Confirms 17-year Prison Term for Ex-President Lee Myung-bak in Corruption Case

SEOUL, Oct. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 17-year prison sentence handed down by an appeals court for former President Lee Myung-bak on embezzlement and bribery charges. In February, the 78-year-old was sentenced to 17 years in prison, a fine of 13 billion won (US$10.9 million) and a forfeit of [...]

Installation of Karaoke Rooms for Prison Inmates Stirs Up Controversy

Installation of Karaoke Rooms for Prison Inmates Stirs Up Controversy

SEOUL, Oct. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — After the news came out that a karaoke room, called “noraebang” in Korean, and arcade game machines had been installed for prison inmates, local citizens showed mixed responses. On Wednesday, Jeonju Prison located in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province opened a string of facilities to help reduce stress levels in [...]

Man Robs Convenience Store to Go to Jail

Man Robs Convenience Store to Go to Jail

CHUNGCHEONG, SOUTH KOREA, March 9 (Korea Bizwire) — A 25-year-old man named Kim who was arrested last week on robbery charges in North Chungcheong Province told police that he intentionally committed a crime to go to jail after his business failed. Kim entered a local convenience store he frequents, located in Eumseong County, around 7 p.m. last [...]