Bali's notorious Kerobokan penitentiary granted 'Christmas' sentense remissions to as many as 82 inmates.

US Couple Jailed for Bali Suitcase Murder Get Christmas Remission


DECEMBER 25, 2015

Jakarta. Over 80 inmates at Bali's notorious Kerobokan penitentiary have been granted sentence remissions this Christmas, including two Americans convicted in a notorious murder case.

US inmates Tommy Schaefer and Heather Mack, a couple, were sentenced to 18 and 10 years in prison respectively in April this year over the murder of Mack's mother in August 2014.

Sheila von Wiese-Mack's body was found in a suitcase in a taxi after she was killed at the Bali resort where the three had been staying. 

A total of 82 Kerobokan inmates were given sentence cuts on Friday, state-run Antara news quoted warden Kusbiantoro as saying.

Kusbiantoro only this week took the top job at the prison, after his predecessor was fired over his failure to prevent a deadly riot. Inmates were also found to have amassed enormous amounts of contraband, including cellphones, drugs and even firearms.

Indonesia has a tradition of offering remissions to celebrate religious holidays. Christian inmates can get remissions on Christmas, for instance, and Muslims on Idul Fitri. Some also receive sentence cuts on other major national holidays, like Independence Day. The granting of remissions is based on recommendations from prison officials.

Schaefer and Mack both received a one-month sentence cut on Friday.

Kerobokan penitentiary currently holds 975 inmates, far exceeding its maximum capacity of 323 inmates. Of the 975 inmates, 160 are Christian.