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Jakarta Post

Call for overhaul of prison system amid frequent riots

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Langkat/Jakarta   /   Sat, May 18 2019   /  12:28 am

Law enforcement authorities are hunting down hundreds of inmates who have escaped from a narcotics prison in North Sumatra, following the second prison riot in Sumatra within a week.During the riot, around 500 inmates fled from their cells at the Class-III penitentiary in Hinai, Langkat regency, on Thursday, though 98 of them returned to the correctional facility after police had dispatched personnel in pursuit of the convicts.North Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Agus Andrianto said he had instructed police personnel to hunt down the remaining prisoners, particularly along the border of North Sumatra and Aceh.Agus called on the prisoners who were still on the run to surrender and return to the penitentiary immediately to complete their respective prison sentences.“It’s better [for the convicts] to turn themselves in rather than regret it in the future […]. Running away will not so...