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Mate, you can now move to Aussie jail JAKARTA - There is some good news for Australians serving jail terms in Bali's Kerobokan prison. Thanks to a prisoner transfer agreement to be signed between Australia and Indonesia, they will be able to serve out their sentences in their home country, closer to their own families. One would think they would be happy, especially as Kerobokan prison has been described as a hell-hole where sanitary and health standards are sorely lacking.

Yet many of the Australians locked up there would rather stay put than be transferred home, reported the Daily Telegraph. Many believe they are better off in Indonesian jails because, with remissions, they would be serving much less time than their maximum terms. Money can also buy privileges there that would not be available in Australian prisons.

For the right amount of cash, they say, conjugal visits can be arranged, alcohol or drugs can be brought to them and they can even go out on day trips or stay out for the night. Money can also buy them a wooden bed, and they can arrange to have a Western-style toilet installed in their cell for about 35 euro. The prison food may be appalling but most of the Australian prisoners have gas stoves in their cells to cook fresh meat and vegetables supplied by family and friends.

Also, violence is rare, unlike many Australian prisons where aggression is a way of life. However, there are still some things that money cannot buy. There is a prison doctor, but if specialist treatment is needed, it can take months before a visit to a hospital can be arranged. A toothache can also mean a long wait for the dentist. Earlier this week, Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock met Mr Hamid Awaluddin, the Indonesian Minister of Justice and Human Rights, in Bali.

Mr Ruddock said the prisoner transfer deal could be signed as early as September. Mr Hamid added that it would apply to Australians already sentenced and would cover all crimes. He said: 'We don't want to make the inmates suffer twice, so we are trying to make them closer to their families, closer to their roots.'



Posted in Drugs @ 02 July 2006 10:50 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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