The Minister of Justice calls for the transformation of penitentiary establishments


We cannot allow convicts to reenter society without striving to improve their prosperity.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Minister of Law and Human Rights, Yasonna Hamonangan Laoly, here on Tuesday called on Indonesian correctional institutions to transform in order to create competent and productive individuals.

“This must be done so that people in these correctional facilities can be competitive once they are reintegrated into society,” he added.

By having high skills and productivity, those trained in correctional institutions can be competitive nationally and globally, he explained.

“We cannot let the convicts reintegrate into society without striving to improve their prosperity,” he remarked.

The Minister’s call for the transformation of correctional institutions was influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been raging around the world for two years.

Pandemic disruptions have led to global uncertainty and affected health and economic sectors.

“Everyone is bound to survive amid the turmoil of the pandemic,” Laoly said.

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), almost 114 million jobs have been lost worldwide due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The loss of jobs must be addressed precisely because there are 267,448 prisoners included in the productive age category,” the minister stressed.

To this end, as one of the institutions responsible for the advancement and development of human resources, correctional institutions must be more aware of the situation.

They can no longer use the old ways in their programs, he said.

All managers must become adaptive and innovative, including in formulating strategies to turn key challenges into opportunities, in order to help achieve the Golden Indonesia goal by 2045.

“One of the things that can be done is to match the prisoner training program to the work opportunities available,” he said.

Earlier, in an online event on Monday, Deputy Minister of Law and Human Rights Omar Sharif Hiariej said that Indonesia’s correctional system lags that of Western countries by 30 years.

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