JAKARTA. The Law and Human Rights Ministry is set to build a penitentiary on one of the Natuna Islands.
To be built on a 10-hectare plot of land, the prison will be designed to have a high security system equivalent with the ones used on the Nusakambangan prison island, Cilacap, Central Java.
The head of the Riau Islands chapter of the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s correctional institution division, Alfi Zahrin Kiemas, said the land where the prison would be located was available. “We are just waiting for further instructions to start the construction of the prison,” said Alfi on Tuesday.
He said the prison would be designed to accommodate 1.000 inmates with a super-tight security system. The extra security system in the Natuna prison was aimed at preventing unauthorized persons from gaining access to the facility.
On May 20, Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly visited Batam to inspect penitentiaries and detention houses in the area. It was revealed during the visit that almost all prisons and detention facilities in the Riau Islands province, of which the Natuna Islands are a part, are overcrowded. The government’s plan to build a prison on one of the Natuna Islands is intended to reduce the numbers of prisoners in the existing prisons in the area and for other reasons.
The Natuna Islands are 550 kilometers northeast of Batam Island and verge on the South China Sea. (Fadli)
Source : The Jakarta Post