Meet the New Jail Guard, Mr. Croc


Courtesy Tribune News Service

Crocodiles are not known for their friendly personality.

DeShawn Smith, Staff Reporter

Would you try to escape prison knowing that there are ferocious crocodiles waiting for you on the other side of the walls? Indonesia plans to use CROCODILES to keep inmates from escaping their prisons. The crocs would be guarding drug convicts.

This was a proposal from anti-drug chief Budi Waseso. He proposed that Indonesia should build a prison on an island and instead of having normal people guards, they should use crocodiles. Budi is traveling to various parts of the Archipelago in search of the most fierce reptiles to guard the jail.

According to Tempo, a local news website, Budi said, ”We will place as many crocodiles there. I will search for the most ferocious type of crocodile.”

Budi says that crocodiles would be better prison guards for drug convicts than humans because crocodiles cannot be bribed. He said, “You can’t bribe crocodiles. You can’t convince them to let inmates escape.”

Even though it sounds convincing and promising, the plan is still just a proposal. No location has been found to make the prison. This plan is still in its early stages.

According to fellow journalist Maddy Renda, “I think it’s cool and a good idea because it’ll keep them in the jail.”

We are talking about a country that uses firing squads to execute traffickers. In April, Indonesia put 8 drug smugglers “6 feet under” by sentencing them to death by firing squad.

Indonesia already has a corrupt prison system, inmates and jail officials are arrested on the regular for narcotic offences–smuggling drugs in to sell to the inmates.

A special prison will be made for death row inmates, anti-drug agency spokesman Slamet Pribadi confirmed.

He said only traffickers would stay in this prison, to stop them from mixing with other prisoners and risking the fact that they might recruit prisoners for their drug gang.

This agency is currently in debate with the justice ministry, according to Pribadi.