Study: Extremists still flourishing in Indonesia’s prisons

[…] Overpopulated prisons are the main reason de-radicalization efforts are struggling, said Bahrul Wijaksana, a senior program manager of Search for Common Ground, a non-government organization based in Washington that works with Indonesia’s Directorate-General of Corrections.

Currently, he said, the 477 prisons in Indonesia, which were built to accommodate 115,000 inmates, are holding about 254,000 prisoners. In big cities, prisons are four to five times overcapacity. Jakarta’s Cipinang Prison, built to hold 900 inmates, has nearly 4,000 prisoners. Meanwhile, at current staffing levels in prison, there is one officer for every 55 inmates, making it difficult if not impossible to closely monitor all prisoner activities.

“The deradicalization program is not going to be effective unless some of these issues are addressed,” said Wijaksana. […]

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