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Death toll from Indonesia jail blaze at 44 amid focus on overcrowding

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By Agustinus Beo Da Costa JAKARTA (Reuters) – The death toll from a blaze that tore through an Indonesian jail has risen to 44, as authorities pledged to look at whether more inmates could receive rehabilitation for drug-related offences to ease chronic overcrowding in the prison system. Wednesday’s fire at the penitentiary in Tangerang, on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta, took hold in a prison block housing more than three times the number of prisoners it was designed to contain. Built for 38 inmates there were 122, mostly imprisoned for drug-related offences, detained at the time of the…

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