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Jakarta Post

'Punishment reform' needed to lower prison population in Indonesia

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 1, 2019   /  10:28 am
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Inmates are seen behind bars at Idi detention center in Kampung Jalan village, East Aceh regency, Aceh, on May 19, 2016.(Antara/Syifa Yulinnas)

Jakarta-based activist group the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) has expressed support for the alternative non-imprisonment forms of punishment included in the draft Criminal Code amendment that aim to address overcrowding in prisons. The latest draft of the amendment, which was updated on July 9, 2018, includes a range of alternative forms of punishment, including convict supervision, fines, community service, imprisonment in installments as well as punishment under customary law. These alternative forms of punishment are expected to save the government hundreds of millions of rupiah. ICJR researcher Genoveva Alicia said that although the draft amendment contained more alternative penalties than the current Criminal Code, the government must ensure their implementation when passed into law. “The government should immediately [implemen...