Alarmed by studies of overcrowding in jails, Sen. Nancy Binay has sought a regulation searching for the “automatic” release of prisoners who’ve already served the prescribed most imprisonment for his or her offenses.
Binay filed Senate Bill No. 1263 to obtain her purpose which covers all correctional and detention amenities, whether or not they’re below the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) or the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).
“It is the policy of the State for the humane treatment of inmates and prisoners. Yet, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology has recently admitted that its jails are now congested by 583 percent,” she mentioned.
She cited a report that as of June 30 this yr 142,013 prisoners have been crammed into 466 jails nationwide. “This is much higher than last year’s 98,000 detainees,” Binay mentioned.
The senator mentioned that releasing the mentioned detainees wouldn’t solely handle the perennial downside of overcrowding in jails however would additionally enable for a extra humane therapy of the detainees.
She additionally deplored the report that the Pulilan Municipal Jail in Bulacan is the “most overcrowded” among the many BJMP’s amenities, having a congestion charge of three,590 %. Intended to home solely 4 inmates, this facility at the moment has 159 detainees.
The Biñan City Jail in Laguna can also be dealing with the identical downside, housing 595 prisoners though its capability is just for 22 inmates—a congestion charge of 2,603 %.
“Dalawa pa lamang ito sa mga detention facilities natin na sobra-sobra sa kapasidad ang mga inmates. Napakarami pang mga pasilidad ang may ganitong problema at dagdag na isyu pa dito ang kakulangan rin sa mga tauhang nagbabantay sa mga nakapiit,” Binay mentioned.