Unlike human guards, crocodile can’t be bribed.
The Indonesian government is planning to put more teeth, literally, a fiercer one, into its prison security system by using crocodiles as guards for its drug convicts jails.
The controversial idea was put forward by anti-drugs chief Budi Waseso which will include building prisons on islands where crocodiles will be free to roam around to scare and discourage inmates from escaping.
“We will place as many crocodiles as we can there. I will search for the most ferocious type of crocodile,” Waseso was quoted by local newspaper Tempo as saying.
According to the anti-drugs agency chief, crocodiles can’t be bribed, and thus would be a much more effective way of preventing jail breaks.
“You can’t bribe crocodiles. You can’t convince them to let inmates escape,” he explained.
Indonesia has one of the toughest anti-drug laws in the world and is notorious for executing drug convicts.
Just this April, eight drug offenders were executed by firing squad, including seven foreigners and one Indonesian. Only Filipina Mary Jane Veloso, a convicted drug mule, was spared following an international uproar and the intervention on several groups and the Philippine government.
President Joko Widodo maintains that the Indonesian laws’ stiff punishment for drug convicts must be upheld at all times as the country is facing ‘national emergency’ because of the rampant use of narcotics.
The problem is further aggravated by massive corruption inside the penal system, for which the law apparently did very little, if any, to deter the crime.
Another official confirmed the plan of building a special prison for drug convicts to separate them from the others and prevent them from recruiting inmates into their network and gangs as well.
Anti-drugs agency spokesman Slamet Pribadi said the plan is still in its early stages, but there have been no confirmation about the location or the scheduled construction and opening of these prison houses.