The Jakarta Post
Following a riot and fire on Thursday in Jambi prison, on Saturday 60 inmates of the correctional facility were transferred to the narcotics penitentiary in Muara Sabak, East Tanjungjabung regency.
The head of the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Jambi provincial office, Bambang Palasara, however, said that the transfer had nothing to do with the recent riot. He said it was done to reduce the number of the inmates in Jambi prison, which is considered to have been overcrowded.
“This is just a routine activity conducted by the Jambi prison,” Bambang said, Saturday, adding that the transfer of inmates from one prison to another was normal.
(Read also: Prison riot erupts in Jambi)
He said in an overcrowded prison, the correctional process would not be able to run well. The transfer, therefore, was done to ensure the counseling and security ran well.
He said Jambi prison had the capacity for only 360 inmates, but currently held more than 1,700.
“The conditions can trigger many problems, which is why the transfer is necessary,” he said. (wit)
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