Overcapacity Behind Numerous Prison Breaks

Thursday, 22 June 2017 , 09:00:00 WIB - Law

Prison guards are seen on the alert after foreign inmates managed run away Denpasar, Monday (19/6). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Two more cases of prisoners successfully escaping prison has happened on Monday (19/6), from two different facilities. The first escapee was convicted robbers Kadarmono from Lapas Permisan II. The second case saw four foreign prisoners run away from LP Kerobokan prison in Denpasar, Bali.

Based on data from the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR), in the year up to 20 June 2017, there have been no less than 26 prison breaks in Indonesia. "The government must launch serious evaluation on their prisoning policy," said Supriyadi W Eddyono, Executive Director, ICJR, to gres.news, Wednesday (21/6).

ICJR says the problem is related to over capacity in prisons. According to data in June 2017, the cumulative capacity of jails in Indonesia totals 122.204 inmates while the number of inmates has reached 225,835. Therefore, the number of inmates in the country has reached 185 percent of the total capacity.

"This creates a great security risk between inmates and prison guards, and a high prison break rate," Supriyadi said.

The ratio between prison guards and inmates in 2016 was 1:55. In fact, in the Rutan Salemba prison, the ratio has reached 1:161.

"Looking at the condition, it is only normal to see prison guards helpless in preventing prison breaks," Surpriyadi said.

Meanwhile, the government is making the situation worse with laws that tend to send criminals to prison, according to ICJR. In the Criminal Code Bill, for instance, there are 1,154 crimes that would be subject to a prison sentence.

"The government has never evaluated the objectives of punishing criminals to prison," Supriyadi said. (dtc)