The overcrowding at Bali's main prison at Kerobokan may eventually be relieved following the purchase by the government of 5 hectares of land in the Bangli regency of Bali to build a special penitentiary for narcotics offenders.
The land acquisition was announced by the Chief of the Bali Justice and Civil Rights Office, Arman Nazar, and reported in DenPost.
Now that the land has been purchased, the government hopes to commence building a new prison in 2010.
Nazar, who has only been in charge of Bali's prison systems for one month, also told the press of his plans to segregate prisoners at the current Kerobokan prison from those being held in detention awaiting trial from convicted criminals serving their sentence at the facility.
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