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EDITORIAL: Plight of prisoners

  • EDITORIAL

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, May 9, 2017   /  08:10 am
EDITORIAL: Plight of prisoners Overcrowding on one hand and understaffing on the other appear to have triggered Indonesia’s largest-ever jailbreak. (Antara/Rony Muharrman)

Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly has taken immediate action after almost 450 prisoners fled Sialang Bungkuk detention center in the Riau capital of Pekanbaru last week. He dismissed the jail warden, Teguh Triahatmanto, and other officials and plans a string of measures to improve prison management all over the country. Overcrowding on one hand and understaffing on the other appear to have triggered Indonesia’s largest-ever jailbreak. Just for the record, the mass escape of prisoners in Pekanbaru is the seventh case since Yasonna took the helm of the Law and Human Rights Ministry in October 2014, not to mention repeated clashes inside prisons that have caused deaths and injuries. Sadly, a lack of accommodation for inmates and prison guards beset penitentiaries across the country long before Yasonna was named the law minister, overseeing the directorate general of co...