While the draft revised criminal code was widely criticised for its potential to lead to over-criminalisation, M Doddy Kusadrianto writes that it also contained progressive approaches to sentencing that could have helped tackle prison overcrowding.

The Indonesian Criminal Code (KUHP) is in desperate need of reform. But recent attempts to revise the code have faltered, as lawmakers have become bogged down in debates over the wording of specific articles. Hal Tilemann writes that the significant progress made by the national legislature in its discussion of the new draft code is cause for cautious optimism.