Kerobokan Prison

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Kerobokan Prison
The entrance to the prison
Coordinates8°40′22″S 115°10′5″E
Population1,400[2] (as of 2017)
GovernorTonny Nainggolan[3]
WardenTonny Nainggolan[4]
CityBadung Regency

Kerobokan Prison, also known as Hotel K,[5] is a prison located in Kerobokan, Badung Regency, on the Indonesian island of Bali. Located 4 km (2.49 miles) away from the Canggu village,[5] the prison opened in 1979 and was built to hold 300 inmates. As of 2017, the Kerobokan Prison contains over 1400 male and female prisoners of various nationalities.[2][6] More than 90% of the prisoners are Indonesian and 78% were convicted on drug charges. 15,000 rupiah ($1.08) per day is allocated for each prisoner.[1]

Notable prisoners[edit]

Riots and history of violence[edit]

Kerobakan Prison has a long and complicated history of riots and other violence involving prisoners and guards. In December 2015, two inmates were killed because of a riot between rival gangs. As a result of this, police transferred more than one hundred inmates to other local prisons.[9]

Allegations have been made that the prison is "overflowing" with drugs and corruption.[10]


  • On 19 June 2017, four prisoners—Shaun Davidson (Australia), Dimitar Nikolov Iliev (Bulgaria), Saye Mohammed Said (India), and Tee Kok King (Malaysia)[11] escaped via a hole dug under a wall.[12] The tunnel was 50 cm by 75 cm wide and 15 metres long.[11]
  • On 10 December 2017, two prisoners (Chrishan Beasley, 32[2] and Paul Anthony Hoffman, 57) from the United States escaped, allegedly using a ladder to climb the prison wall.[13] These reports, however, are unconfirmed, as others state the two "had cut a hole in the roof with a hacksaw first."[13] Hoffman was caught "immediately" according to authorities, while Beasley was able to get away. A manhunt was started following his escape. Beasley was arrested in August 2017 on suspicion of possessing more than 5 grams of hashish.[2][14]


  1. ^ a b "Behind prison walls: Inside Bali's Kerobokan jail". ABC News. 2017-06-13. Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  2. ^ a b c d "American Who Escaped Crowded Bali Prison Is Recaptured". The New York Times. 2017-12-18. Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  3. ^ "U.S. man escapes prison on resort island of Bali". Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  4. ^ "American escaped Bali jail because of 'extortion threats'". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  5. ^ a b "Bali tourists are visiting prisoners inside Kerobokan". NewsComAu. Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  6. ^ "U.S. man escapes prison on resort island of Bali". CBS News. December 11, 2017.
  7. ^ Simpson, P. (2013). The Mammoth Book of Prison Breaks. Mammoth Books. Little, Brown Book Group. p. 64. ISBN 978-1-4721-0024-5. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "Lindsay June Sandiford Sentenced To Death By Indonesian Court After Smuggling $2.5 Million Worth Of Cocaine Into Bali". International Business Times. Etienne Uzac. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Deadly gang violence inside Bali prison spreads to streets of Denpasar". ABC News. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  10. ^ "Ex-inmate of Bali's Kerobokan prison reveals what it's like inside". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  11. ^ a b "Australian escapes from Bali jail through 15m-long tunnel, police say". the Guardian. 2017-06-19. Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  12. ^ "Four inmates tunnel out of Bali jail". BBC News. 2017-06-19. Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  13. ^ a b "US inmate escapes notorious Bali prison". BBC News. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  14. ^ "Prisoners held in Kerobokan Prison". Foreign Prisoners Support Service. 2005-07-22. Retrieved 2009-01-09.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bonella, Kathryn (2009). Hotel Kerobokan: The Shocking Inside Story of Bali's Most Notorious Jail. Sydney: Pan Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-4050-3936-9.
  • Paul Conibeer; Alan Whittaker (2017). I Survived Kerobokan: A shocking story from behind the bars of Bali's most notorious prison. Chatswood: NSW New Holland Publishers. ISBN 978-1-921024-70-2.

Coordinates: 8°40′22″S 115°10′5″E / 8.67278°S 115.16806°E / -8.67278; 115.16806