Jakarta. The government is pressing ahead with plans to build more prisons on Indonesia's outermost islands and to house drug and terrorism convicts separately from other categories of prisoners.
The plan comes amid concerns over prison overcrowding and the fact that they have become breeding grounds for terrorists, while drug syndicates continue to operate from inside prisons.
"We're pushing efforts to prepare [inmates] to reintegrate into society [upon their release], but instead they are sharing evil things," Chief Security Minister Wiranto said at his office in Jakarta on Friday (13/10).
"This is akin to the government facilitating them in spreading bad things," the retired army general added.
Separate prisons for drug and terrorism inmates on remote islands are expected to prevent such problems, Wiranto said, without providing further detail.
"We're planning for the separation of inmates, instead of keeping complaining about prison overcrowding," he said. "The impact is extraordinary, for instance, on jailbreaks."
In one of the biggest jailbreaks in years, about 450 inmates rioted and escaped from a prison in Pekanbaru, Riau, in May this year. There were 1,800 inmates in the facility, which was only designed to accommodate 400.
The total population in Indonesia's 477 prisons currently stands at around 150,000, while the total capacity is only about 120,000, government data showed in June.