6,491 Christian prisoners granted remission on Christmas

6,491 Christian prisoners granted remission on Christmas

"Immediate release has been given to prisoners who have 15 days left."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - A total of 6,491 Christian prisoners have been granted remission by the Directorate General of Correction (Ditjen PAS) of the Indonesian Ministry of Justice and Human Rights on December 25 (Christmas).

Akbar Hadi, spokesperson for the Ditjen PAS of the Indonesian Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, said here on Tuesday that the remission is dependent on the inmates` time served in their respective prisons.

Prisoners who have served five months in their respective prisons will be granted remission, and their time in the prison will be reduced to 15 days. Prisoners who have been sentenced to one to two years in prison will have their prison time reduced to one month.

Convicted criminals who have served three to four years (up to five years) in their respective prisons will have their prison time reduced to two months.

Special remission I (RK I) has been granted to 6,373 prisoners. 118 prisoners have been granted special remission II (RK II). These 118 prisoners will be released immediately.

"Immediate release has been given to prisoners who have 15 days left to complete their prison time (for those sentenced to two months in prison)," Hadi said.

The Director of Information and Communication of Ditjen PAS, Haru Tamtomo, said special remission on December 25 had been proposed by several regional offices.

There are around 102,945 convicted criminals and 48,624 detainees. A total of 151,569 people are in prisons nationwide.

The maximum capacity of prisons in Indonesia is 102,466. The current figure exceeds the maximum capacity by 148 percent, Tamtomo said.
(Uu.A059/INE/KR-BSR/F001)

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