Why Inmates Set Free After The Indonesia Quake Are Returning To Their Prison


In the aftermath of Indonesia’s devastating earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 2000 people, tensions rose within the country’s prisons, with inmates devolving into anarchy. With internal riots threatening both the prison infrastructure as well as the officers on staff, Safiuddin, head of the Donggala Prison, decided to release the prisoners. For the prisoners who stayed, Safiuddin allowed them the opportunity to leave and visit their families, provided they promptly return to the prison. Safiuddin’s “tough-love” approach is providing some renewed faith in the institutions that have been devastated by the earthquake and tsunami.

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Samantha Underwood

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