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Thousands of inmates receive Christmas remission

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 26, 2017   /   11:53 am
Thousands of inmates receive Christmas remission Festive celebration: Inmates of Class IIA Ambarawa Penitentiary in Ambarawa regency, Central Java, attend Christmas services on Dec.25. Some of the inmates received Christmas remissions. (Antara/Aditya Pradana Putra)

As many as 9,333 inmates across the country received remissions at Christmas.

“Of the total, 175 inmates were freed upon receiving remissions,” said Law and Human Rights Ministry official Ma’mun as quoted by Antara on Monday.

Ministry data shows that as of Dec.18, there were 227,446 inmates in the country, with 15,748 of them being Christian.

The 9,333 inmates were considered eligible for remissions this year based on administrative and substantive considerations as well as type of crime.

“If an embezzler wants a remission, for instance, they must first obtain justice collaborator status,” said Ma’mun.

The length of remission received by inmates differed, depending on the length of sentence served, starting from 15 days minimum to two months maximum. Those who have served six months to a year may get 15 days remission. A month remission may be given to inmates who have served one to three years in prison, while those who served at least six years can receive a two-month remission.

According to the ministry, 61 inmates received a 15-day remission, 102 others got a one-month remission while 12 inmates obtain remissions of one month 15 days. (nmn/ebf)