Justice Minister Yasonna Laoly during a visit to the Banceuy Narcotics Prison in Bandung, West Java, after a riot broke out there on Saturday morning (23/04). The Cirebon Prison announced that it has stepped up security in the wake of the incident. (Antara Photo/Agus Bebeng)

Cirebon Penitentiary Steps Up Security After Bandung Prison Riot


APRIL 23, 2016

Jakarta. Security has been tightened at a prison for drug convicts in Cirebon, West Java, following rioting at the Banceuy Narcotics Prison in the provincial capital Bandung on Saturday morning (23/04), as well as clashes at several other penitentiaries in Indonesia in recent times.

"We tightened security after a series of riots in other regions, and the most recent one in Bandung," Cirebon Prison chief Heni Yuwono said on Saturday.

Besides increased security, Heni said he also follows a personalized approach with inmates in an effort to maintain order inside the prison.

Similar to other prisons in the country, the facility is also filled to overcapacity.

"For security reasons, we follow a personalized approach and to avoid jealousy between inmates, we treat them all equally," Heni said.

He said the police have provided six additional officers to enhance security at the prison. One reason for this is that fence surrounding the facility is currently under repair after it was damaged on a previous occasion.