In a bid to deter jailbreaks during the 2002 World Cup, Thai prisons will allow inmates to watch the matches on television, officials said. Thailand has also decided to let prisoners own personal radios and audio tape players.“These recreational activities will stop prisoners from thinking of breaking out from our understaffed and overcrowded jails,”Siva Saengmanee, head of Thailand's Department of Corrections, told reporters. Siva said prisoners would be allowed to watch video taped World Cup soccer games.“They will be allowed to watch recorded games in the early evening because live telecasts would stir gambling.”France will play the opening match of the World Cup finals on May 31 in Seoul and the final will take place on June 30 at Yokohama in Japan. Siva said the department would also soon allow relatives to book their visiting times via the Internet. Thailand has 137 prisons nationwide, many of which are filled to three times their intended capacity.