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More jails eyed

  • Written by Joel dela Torre
  • Published in Metro
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THE Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) is in need of  more jail facilities to address the increasing congestion problem in all city jails in Metro Manila.

Newly-appointed BJMP chief Director Serafin Barretto Jr. said the inmates’ population is the bureau’s main concern following President Duterte’s no-nonsense campaign against illegal drugs. 

As of August 20, a total of 113,346 inmates are occupying 463 jails nationwide with a congestion rate of 486 percent.
   
“Kailangan talaga natin na magkaroon ng karagdagang pasilidad,” Barretto said in a press forum at the BJMP national headquarters yesterday.
   
At present, around 20 jails are already being bid out and ongoing construction in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) area while an additional 213 facilities will be built under the 2017 budget worth P1.6 billion.
   
Barretto said they are eyeing site for new jails outside Metro Manila.
   
He said that by resolving jail congestion problem, it will also help resolve the traffic congestion.
   
Barreto said part of the solution in decongesting jails is to strengthen the BJMP’s paralegal unit through “Hatak mula sa Batak” approach. “Hatak mula sa Batak” is a plan to encourage inmates with drug cases to voluntarily confess to the crime charged if they are really guilty to speed up their case trial.