KPK requests access to prison CCTVs
The Jakarta Post
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has requested access to the closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems in all prisons in Indonesia to monitor malpractice.
The request was made following the recent discovery that a graft convict in Sukamiskin Penitentiary in Bandung, West Java, lived in an upgraded, air-conditioned prison cell
“We think giving us access to prison CCTVs would be an effective solution [to corruption within the prison system],” said KPK deputy chairwoman Basaria Panjaitan on Friday as reported by tempo.co.
She acknowledged that the KPK would need cooperation from other parties, such as the prisons and the Law and Human Rights Ministry, in agreeing upon funding and securing permission.
The cost of such a project would be considerable as there are some 512 prisons throughout Indonesia but Basaria believes it is necessary and opportune to improve Indonesia’s prison system.
“This is a good opportunity to conduct a collective evaluation [of Indonesia's prisons],” she said. (nor)
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