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Jakarta Post

No more prison for drug users, Supreme Court tells judges

  • Irawaty Wardany


JAKARTA   /   Sat, March 21 2009   /  11:38 am

The Supreme Court has ordered judges not to send drug addicts to prison any more, instead they should be put in rehabilitation centers.
The nation’s top court also issued an edict that the Attorney General’s Office (AGO)  make clear  deadlines for death-row convicts to make appeals, to reduce uncertainties.
The court issued a circular on Friday ordering judges to send convicted drug addicts to rehabilitation centers instead of prisons.
“Sending drug addicts to prison is not the right step because that means we will have ignored their treatment and healing process,” Supreme Court spokesman Nurhadi told The Jakarta Post on Friday.
Besides, he said the issuing of the circular  took into consideration the conditions of overcrowded prisons across the country, and that detention facilities did not support  healing treatment for drugs us...