Life Inside Bali's Infamous Kerobokan Prison | Foreign Correspondent

  • Published: 13 June 2017
  • To many, Bali’s Kerobokan jail is a place of creepy fascination, a repository of misery in an island playground. But what’s it really like in there?

    For the first time a TV crew has obtained virtually unrestricted access to all corners of Kerobokan’s men’s prison. The Foreign Correspondent team spend a week roaming the jail, filming and interviewing prisoners and guards to capture life inside.

    "Yeah, this is my little piece of paradise" – Bali Nine member Matthew Norman.

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Comments • 769

  • Vijay Visweswaran
    Vijay Visweswaran  5 hours back

    Shows only the nicest parts of the prison. The conditions in the other buildings are beyond horrific. There are other videos that show the real stuff.

    • Daniel Brown
      Daniel Brown  15 hours back

      Place looks like a resort. They have it good compared to an American prison.

      • Daniel Brown
        Daniel Brown  15 hours back

        Call me crazy but I don't think those 2 blokes with life sentences deserve those sentences. Damn, Bali is harsh!! Hope they get commuted at some point.

        • nadzeer harris
          nadzeer harris  1 days back

          Immigration Bali totally sucks they suspect every young person is carry drug

          • nadzeer harris
            nadzeer harris  11 hours back

            +danny3man I'm Singaporean of course it's not worth carry drug to Bali 😂

          • danny3man
            danny3man  20 hours back

            well, something must have happened to make them thing every young person caries drugs....

        • Alex Caskie
          Alex Caskie  1 days back

          The war on native medicine is a crime against humanity.

          • The Greatest Nation On Earth

            Don't do crime if you can't do time. I would hate to be locked up and that's why I live a clean life

            • Ogyen La
              Ogyen La  1 days back

              Love this place

              • Dis mal
                Dis mal  1 days back

                Must sucks.
                But damn what u thinking?
                drug trafficking? And in Bali??

                • Allen Attoni
                  Allen Attoni  1 days back

                  But the punishments are very lengthy for small drug offenses. I have so much weed with me right now I would probably get life in prison if I was in Bali. Life ain't fair.

                  • Allen Attoni
                    Allen Attoni  1 days back

                    This prison is literally paradise compared to prisons in the US !!!

                    • iringa77
                      iringa77  1 days back

                      21:51 A rooster locked in the cage, just like the prisoners....

                      • A venger
                        A venger  2 days back

                        And you called that a prison ? That looks like a retirement home for criminals.

                        • ZZZZZMarek
                          ZZZZZMarek  2 days back

                          Don't take drugs in Bali!

                          • danm003
                            danm003  3 days back

                            Looks pretty sweet to be honest!

                            • BillyBob
                              BillyBob  3 days back

                              "I can do all the bad I want now, because tomorrow I will be good and be forgiven."
                              No, that is not how life or even heaven works.

                              • Dave Clark
                                Dave Clark  3 days back

                                Looks like an awesome prison

                                • Davey Duzit
                                  Davey Duzit  3 days back

                                  We all make choices and unfortunately have to live the consequences. I believe they have learned a valuable lesson and hopefully they will get to go home one day.

                                  • HDaviator
                                    HDaviator  4 days back

                                    How much is a life sentence in Bali? In the U.S. a life sentence is actually something like 25 years. Not actually until the prisoner dies.

                                    • Nautilus1972
                                      Nautilus1972  2 days back

                                      Murder is about 8 years actual time spent in Irish prisons.

                                    • Nico
                                      Nico  2 days back

                                      +Sarah Lotter Oh yes, definitely. Though I believe what we're talking about here is that here in Indonesia you can't get parole with a Life Sentence without explicit 'permission' from the high court

                                    • Sarah Lotter
                                      Sarah Lotter  2 days back

                                      There are most definitely life without parole sentences in the U.S.
                                      It's not even that uncommon.

                                    • Nico
                                      Nico  4 days back

                                      +Riza Kharista ramdhani Nope, you are wrong, Life Sentence in Indonesia maxed out at 20 years before end of life unless you're convicted by more than one court, the difference is that there's usually no parole for Life Sentence in Indonesian court. On the other hand...
                                      @HDaviator US is the other way around actually. What you're talking about is parole, and Life Sentence in the US outside of Alaska quite literally means the entire span of the prisoner's life. However, different states have different minimum time served before parole, which might be what you implied by the 25 years.

                                    • Riza Kharista ramdhani
                                      Riza Kharista ramdhani  4 days back

                                      Till die

                                  • Jephtha ammuan
                                    Jephtha ammuan  4 days back

                                    9:18 So touching Voice Remind s me of Bob

                                    • Charles Tupper
                                      Charles Tupper  4 days back

                                      Looks like a Hilton compared to pelican bay or Sing Sing

                                      • W M
                                        W M  4 days back

                                        Im sure gay activities inside 🤣

                                        • maegap96
                                          maegap96  3 days back

                                          Are you 5 years old @WM ? or just trash ?

                                        • Nathan Chisholm
                                          Nathan Chisholm  4 days back

                                          I take it you like the ladybois

                                        • Northwoods
                                          Northwoods  4 days back

                                          so no different than any other prison?

                                      • Parish
                                        Parish  5 days back

                                        The irony vice didnt show the "dark" side from this prison 🤷

                                      • kickass girl
                                        kickass girl  5 days back

                                        Eh! not bad first class cell man

                                        • Caramel Queen
                                          Caramel Queen  5 days back

                                          This is Paradise...

                                          • Sutan Karim
                                            Sutan Karim  5 days back

                                            For foreigners, please do not bring marijuana when you go to Indonesia especially as a large narcotics trader, you need to know your life ends when you are caught with evidence of narcotics up to several kg / quintal. capital punishment waiting for you. Rehabilitation only applies to those who are still limited to breaking, but carrying one kilogram of narcotics is no longer violating but has threatened the young generation or many people, so that the death penalty to be given.
                                            I DON'T WANT TO SEE YOU DIE, BECAUSE OF PUNISHMENT OR DRUGS
                                            *bad english :D

                                          • Fragrancia Lima
                                            Fragrancia Lima  5 days back

                                            Well If you wanna smoke in public, smoke cigarettes or any other thing , just don't smoke marijuana or illegal stuff here, the indonesian richest man in fact is the cigarettes company owner 😅

                                            • xl
                                              xl  5 days back

                                              Bottom line: do the crime if you can do the time.

                                            • Eat Sleep Shift
                                              Eat Sleep Shift  5 days back

                                              I doubt they would be rehabilitated if they were sent to an Australian prison

                                              • Stephen
                                                Stephen  3 days back

                                                Or US, no doubt. This is much, much better than there, although there is always room for improvement

                                            • phupsic wibowo
                                              phupsic wibowo  5 days back

                                              Can you guys describe to me what life sentence is? Are they live in jail until they die?

                                              • Joshua Tibbs
                                                Joshua Tibbs  3 days back

                                                +Nico Thank you for a very informative reply!

                                              • Nico
                                                Nico  4 days back

                                                In Indonesia, Life Sentence means 20 years if the prisoner lives by then and only if the crime's convicted and judged by a single court, the only catch with the Indonesian judicial system is that there's no parole except for very special cases. So no, Life Sentences doesn't usually mean literal prison til you die type of scenario, and it's actually rare that a country actually does this, even in the US where Life Sentence literally means "for life", they allow for parole after a certain time served (depending on state). This is what most people got it wrong.

                                              • Joshua Tibbs
                                                Joshua Tibbs  4 days back

                                                +gertjan van der meij Life sentences aren't always "for life" depending where you're from, dude.

                                              • gertjan van der meij
                                                gertjan van der meij  5 days back

                                                No , it means you get within 24 hours ! ................ WTF dude ?

                                              • Cypir
                                                Cypir  5 days back


                                            • Eat Sleep Shift
                                              Eat Sleep Shift  5 days back

                                              Indonesia is such a great country. If i were to live in a prison somewhere, I'd choose Indonesia

                                              • Stephen
                                                Stephen  3 days back

                                                Norway bruh, one prison is an island where each prisoner gets a room and usually TV and a job and such. Still, prison, still punishing mentally etc but that's what I would choose.

                                              • Nico
                                                Nico  4 days back

                                                +Cypir That's not technically true, this is the way it is in Indonesia, which is even more prominent in even one of the most infamous prison like Nusakambangan here. Some prisons even gives much more freedom and prison activities. The good news is that prisoners does get rehabilitated, the bad news is that corruption within prisons are rampart.

                                              • W M
                                                W M  4 days back

                                                Dont u want try malaysian prison?

                                              • Cypir
                                                Cypir  5 days back

                                                You shouldn't say that. This prison is a very special exception

                                            • pandapoo777
                                              pandapoo777  5 days back

                                              That man's dad is Awesome. I don't know if my parents would do the same if I got cracked in Bali lol

                                              • Xi Baryon
                                                Xi Baryon  4 days back

                                                For real! Most would just detach themselves and try to "move on" (which is their right). His dad is incredible.

                                            • mike watters
                                              mike watters  6 days back

                                              When you turn 18 you can do whatever you like with your body. When a drug pusher gives drugs to school kids the death sentence is a perfect sentence. End of

                                              • Stephen
                                                Stephen  3 days back

                                                "drug pusher". How many times have you actually been offered drugs. People seek them out, and there will always be a desire to chance ones mental state, even sober.

                                            • Robert Murphy
                                              Robert Murphy  6 days back

                                              7:15 Fortnight is everywhere.

                                              • Patryk Turczynski
                                                Patryk Turczynski  6 days back

                                                Infamous....roaming around in ur own clothing free yo do what u want in there


                                                • J Mac
                                                  J Mac  6 days back

                                                  Free them!

                                                  • J Mac
                                                    J Mac  6 days back

                                                    Seems a bit more chill than San Quentin

                                                    • MACK D
                                                      MACK D  6 days back

                                                      It's ironic how in Indonesia, a country of 95% Islam, a small community of Hindus, mostly of Indian decent, are allowed to live and prosper in Indonesia without having to worry about being harassed, beaten, raped or murdered and slaughtered in the streets - exactly what the predominantly Hindu population does to the small Muslim communities in India everyday! ... just say'in ...

                                                      • Saleucami
                                                        Saleucami  3 days back

                                                        There's no perfect country.

                                                      • Ruby Spirit
                                                        Ruby Spirit  4 days back

                                                        Indonesia isn't as great as you think. Only the true insiders could tell how it is, the people who haven't live in Indonesia for years wouldn't able to truly tell

                                                      • W M
                                                        W M  4 days back

                                                        Import them to ur country to be workers..u will get package disease free🤣

                                                      • Sutan Karim
                                                        Sutan Karim  5 days back

                                                        religion is in the heart, no one can force it. so what is hostile for? we are still brothers, still countrymen. Yes, even though sometimes there are evil people who use our differences to be pitted against each other.

                                                      • RRR 69
                                                        RRR 69  5 days back

                                                        lol. is not about the religion. its just because of Indians people are too dumb...

                                                    • GSW#1 CHAMP
                                                      GSW#1 CHAMP  6 days back

                                                      Are you hungry?🤣🤣

                                                      • Mista McNillz abdi
                                                        Mista McNillz abdi  6 days back


                                                        • Rickey Ryan
                                                          Rickey Ryan  4 days back

                                                          you have no clue what you are talking about, this prison is not what all other prisons are like in south east, the south east have some of the most brutal prison in the world..

                                                        • Swamp Life
                                                          Swamp Life  5 days back

                                                          Lenient? Those sentences are crazy harsh.

                                                      • Defender of WHITE! masculinity

                                                        God, those "prisoners" are really civil. Try that in this rotting, dying brown dumping ground.

                                                        • kim Pegues
                                                          kim Pegues  7 days back

                                                          I feel so very bad for the dad that moved to be close to his son ..

                                                        • Феликс Феликс


                                                          • Victoria smith
                                                            Victoria smith  1 weeks back

                                                            That could be my son sitting there,thank the lord it’s not,but shows u how easy it could be.i felt so sad for the dad who moved to be with his son.what you won’t do for your kids .

                                                            • Birdy Pigeon
                                                              Birdy Pigeon  1 weeks back

                                                              Haired guys gets into prison and grows long beards
                                                              Bald guys gets into prison and grows hair


                                                              • Swamp Life
                                                                Swamp Life  5 days back

                                                                Prison the new miracle hair growth tonic

                                                            • shaka mon
                                                              shaka mon  1 weeks back

                                                              Damn ,kind of looks like a relaxed prison to me🤷‍♂️

                                                              • shaka mon
                                                                shaka mon  5 days back

                                                                Asa Olsen true that😮😏

                                                              • Asa Olsen
                                                                Asa Olsen  5 days back

                                                                shaka mon. everything is relative. Its still prison regardless

                                                            • Tom Lazur
                                                              Tom Lazur  1 weeks back

                                                              Very lucky to have a father like that.

                                                              • Inspired By Nature Inspired By Nature

                                                                I really enjoyed the guy singing Bob Marley songs. It made my heart smile!

                                                                • Rickey Ryan
                                                                  Rickey Ryan  4 days back

                                                                  he raped and murdered 3 children...

                                                                • sc KD
                                                                  sc KD  5 days back

                                                                  same here, i would buy his album :)

                                                              • Carlos Aviles-bernal
                                                                Carlos Aviles-bernal  1 weeks back

                                                                11:18 Louis Vuitton