TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law, and Security Affairs Wiranto conceded with the idea of transferring inmates of corruption cases to state penitentiaries that are spread in a number of Indonesia’s remote islands.
The Minister considered the move as the most efficient strategy compared to plans of transferring these convicts in a city prison.
“I agree with the idea dearly,” said Wiranto at the Senayan Parliamentary Complex in Jakarta today, June 25.
Plans of constructing prisons across Indonesia’s outer and remote islands arose after corruption convict inmate Setya Novanto had briefly escaped Sukamiskin jail in Bandung. Wiranto further linked the unfortunate incident to the jail’s overpopulation and its location that is in the middle of a city.
He claimed that placing convicts of criminal offenses in rural locations would help reduce cases of drug trafficking, gambling, and skills transfer among inmates.
“We have plenty of remote islands; around 17,000 of them, with 11,000 that are inhabited. This leaves 6,000 [empty islands],” said Wiranto, adding that his ministry will further coordinate the idea with the Law and Human Rights Ministry that disagreed with the notion.