Center for Detention Studies (CDS) is a non-profit organization established on February 19th, 2009 in Jakarta as an initiative of human right activist and academics concerned with penal reform in Indonesia. Through its programs and activities, CDS has always improved its performance to strengthen penal institution’s services in order to provide better protection, respect, and fulfillment of the rights of people whose liberty are being deprived.
Since 2009 CDS has conducted various researches and policy advocacies regarding the implementation of the penal system in Indonesia. Our organization becomes one of the most prominent independent research and advocacy organization in realizing a professional penal system that is accordance with human rights principles through policy reform, institutional strengthening, community participation, and the provision of data and information that is carried out progressively, responsively, and comprehensively. The result of the researches is compiled into various recommendations referred to our efforts in improving the penal system, such as the handling of overcrowding and overstaying prison, high-risk prisoners, children dealing with law, public services, and organizational strengthening.