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From Alcatraz to Pondok Bambu

Friday, April 16, 2010
You would never hear the name of Alcatraz. Spanish explorers found the island, Juan Manuel de Ayala, in the year 1775 was already famous everywhere. Not because the island covering 12 hectares, many live birds alcatraces (pelicans) or the proliferation of shark populations around them, but because of a prison.

Nothing special about the island in the Bay of San Francisco. There was no source of clean water, arid land was overgrown with grass. Therefore, either Spanish or Mexican government as the ruler of that time never want to take advantage of this barren island.

When the control switch to the United States a different story. Land began to be transported to the island and vegetables were planted. In 1861 Alcatraz became the places of detention Civil War and was closed in 1934. But, on July 1 of that same year the U.S. Justice Department functioning as the Alcatraz federal prison.

The system also created a super tight security. Socialization among prisoners set minimum. Only one prisoner in each cell. Interestingly, two times daily shower with hot water resistance, tactics that prisoners could not adjust to the freezing of sea water if the intended escape. Year history of this prison in 1963 ended when Attorney General Robert Kennedy decided to close it and make Alcatraz as a means of recreation.

Other U.S. Other Indonesia. Look at the Correctional Institution (LP) Cipinang. Though less famous, for the size of our prison's name was quite scary because its inhabitants are prisoners of choice. But, for those who had experienced life behind the wall, not really. The usual activities of people outside the prison walls can also be done here.

Main gaple, good food, smoked pot, until going out via cell phone free only. Not only that, the circulation of drugs proved to be more smoothly if it is controlled from inside the jail cell. If airports snapper always being chased police when dealing in hotels, in prison with little money to hear, no one bothered them.

Another in the House of Detention Pondok Bambu, East Jakarta. Bede residents also differences in style. Because of this Rutan female inmates occupied, they are more feminine Busway. Some fixed telephone ria, but not to control the drug business, but to control the company outside the prison.

Do not stop there, they were also more stylish. Look at the contents of some prisoners' rooms. According to its nature, the cell wall also looks bright colors with a bandage variety of motives. Beauty tools and equipment to fill the shower cell. There is also air conditioning and refrigerator in the corner. And, do not be surprised, karaoke device to dispel taboos saturation is also not represented.

Scenery is what makes surprise four-member Task Force on Combating the Mafia Law, last weekend, while visiting Rutan Pondok Bambu. Instead of going to see the suffering of the prisoners, narapida Artalyta Suryani bribery case apparently are following beauty treatments. Likewise with Artalyta inhabited cells, 6 × 6-meter room clearly did not fit referred to the holding room, let alone an office equipped with desks, chairs, overstuffed sofas and beds.

Indeed, prison is a place where a person's basic rights are restricted as a consequence of their deeds. Restrictions could be in the form of movement, activity, and expression. Do not expect to get out of the cells arbitrarily or drinking coffee while watching football live broadcast of the television screen late into the night. So also in terms of expression, just a dream to imagine had a cell phone like a Blackberry.

But, it all is the story of how it should be, not what happens in the real world. In fact, we just move the jail housing a man from his home to a place called jail. As for the needs and facilities can be arranged. For the rich are still just as stylish in the cell. Conversely, the destitute who fall asleep in the prison must berdempetan.

That is a mirror of justice in this country. Not only outside the justice was expensive, after the verdict was justice permanent fall in its price. When the mental and behavioral ramshackle forces met with the temptation of material from criminals, then the second menyatulah it needs to form the face of our prisons today.

We certainly did not discuss Rutan Pondok Bambu alone. Faces a prison in East Jakarta was only a piece of sample from the face of other prison in the country. So, where the name of supervision, enforcement, and correctional which touted it? Or, let the narapida act arbitrarily equal to popularize the concept of it?

I do not know, obviously the Minister of Justice and Human Rights Patrialis Akbar and Director General of Correctional Fortunately Sugiyono still busy denying the news left and right. Patrialis plead not see any special room in Rutan Pondok Bambu when he visited. Fortunately, while vehemently denied the existence of luxury rooms owned by several prisoners, as repeated images presented on TV is engineered.

In fact, it has been understood and believed that source of all our prisons hypocrisy is not road surveillance system. Supervision of personnel and supervision of the life cycle in it. Listen not just words about sebandingnya Patrialis with the number of prisoners without Questioning the number of cells that occupy a large space Artalyta alone. So, if you will only waste energy and Lucky busy Patrialis denied without any intention to change.

Prisons should still be in jail. Make the prison policy was not simply a means of punishment, but also a place name to refine the guidance to the penitentiary, a prison turned out to have made us weak, effeminate, as well as free like a playground.

If inmates feel at home, not sour, even the increased "science" of his, obviously the prison had failed to carry out its mission statement. The failure was not because of the narrow prison room, but because of the hypocrisy, not to admit that errors exist in the person, not on the ingredients. It should be used as a measure to change by Patrialis and Lucky.

Do-do, step that the government will renovate all the prisons (Patrialis mention would disburse funds worth Rp 1 trillion) will make them more comfortable. If that happens, might as well write the words "Welcome" in large prison entrance. Not to forget, also attach a suitable size room rates and amenities, so that prospective residents must understand the amount of money they bring into the "hotel" was not without cost.


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