Indonesia Plans to Use Crocodiles as Prison Guards

Indonesia is planning to guard a death-row prison island with crocodiles. (Image: Jean-Louis Zimmermann/flickr)
Indonesia is planning to guard a death-row prison island with crocodiles. (Image: Jean-Louis Zimmermann/flickr)

Are prison guards susceptible to bribery? Seems so in Indonesia where a top official is devising a non-traditional approach to deal with it. That being crocodiles.

These big aquatic reptiles are said to be a part of a new “prison” that is to be established on a remote Indonesian island (not yet specified) to hold drug convicts who have been sentenced to death, reports RT.

The head of the National Narcotics Agency, Budi Waseso, says that crocodiles cannot be bribed, and unlike human guards, won’t allow prisoners to escape.

See Young Turks’ take on using crocodiles to guard prisoners:

“We will place as many crocodiles as we can there. I will search for the most ferocious type of crocodile,” Waseso is quoted as saying on Indonesian news website Tempo.

‘You can’t bribe crocodiles. You can’t convince them to let inmates escape.’

The prison will be isolated from the outside world, and prisoners will need to look after themselves. It has already got a few comparisons to the Hunger Games or the older movie Escape from New York (just a jungle version).

“We will keep sending them food supplies every day. But they have to survive on their own,” Waseso said, according to the ABC.

Waseso has faced some mockery over the plans to use crocodiles, and even his government said he was joking. But he has continued to affirm his stance, and is now considering the addition of piranhas and tigers.

“It is also possible we may use piranhas, and because the number of personnel at the prison might not be enough, we can also use tigers,” Waseso is quoted as saying in local reports.

The proposal for the island prison has been sent to the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. It has not been approved yet, but apparently he has already got himself a few crocodiles.

Here’s some related news from Thailand about one man who has crocodiles guarding his house from burglars:

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