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A Cagey Existence

Plans to Start Construction in 2013 of New Bali Prison to Serve Only Narcotics Offenders

(11/4/2012) Seputarbali.com reports that plans are underway to begin the construction of a new prison in Bali in 2013. The Bangli prison will be established especially to house those apprehended or under sentence in connection with narcotics violations.

The head of the Bali office for the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Budi Harmanto, said, “I hope the narcotics prison in Bangli will be built next year, we’ve already secured the land.” The Ministry asked for Rp. 25 billion (US$2.6 million) to finance the construction of the facility in 2011 and is hoping the funding will be approved in 2013.

The new prison facility will be built in the village of Buungan in the sub district of Susut in Bangli, chosen for its quiet location and cool climate.

The new prison will be built to house between 500-600 prisoners under sentence for drug offenses, meaning that the opening of the Bangli facility would allow a major shift in inmates to alleviate over-crowding at Kerobokan where more than 900 prisoners are currently detained.