As many as 78,487 inmates received sentence reductions, and 3,528 others were released after being given remissions, Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly stated here, Wednesday.
The country has a total of 131,954 inmates serving jail terms in various penitentiaries across the country and 67,426 detainees in several jails, he affirmed.
Muhammad Nazaruddin, former treasurer of the Democratic Party, enjoyed a sentence cut, thanks to his willingness to be a justice collaborator of the Corruption Eradication Commission.
This August, among recipients of the remissions were 128 convicts involved in corruption cases, 12,761 inmates sentenced in drug-related crimes, and 17 convicts involved in terrorism cases.
The government has on certain national holidays, such as Independence Day, Eid al-Fitr Islamic Festival, and Christmas, routinely granted sentence remissions to inmates meeting specific criteria.
The sentence reductions range from one month to five months.