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Agony inside the congested city jails – unlike Cebu’s Active Inmates

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Criminals are still human and must be treated as such. Inmates sleep literally face to face as they are crammed in prison facilities. Hardly anyone can move. Time Magazine compares it to Dante Alighieri’s “Inferno” or hell.  It describes Quezon City Jail.

[VIDEO]: Witness the inhumane conditions of city jails in Manila – it’s a big contrast compared  to Cebu’s dancing inmates’ prison facility.

Growing Numbers of Active Inmates

As of July 2016, there are 115,786 inmates spread out in different prison facilities in the country. Most of them (113,448) are facing trial or awaiting sentence. Convicts number only a little over 2% or 2,338 of active inmates.

Strict Drug Watch

Besides trying to solve congestion, the new BJMP chief is preventing the entry of drugs in jails. All inmates  go through drug testing.

Warden in Trouble if Drugs are Found

If there are people who use drugs inside, there’s an indication that some of our personnel are being bribed to allow entry of drugs. Should a prisoner test positive, the warden is automatically relieved in line with the bureau’s one-strike rule.

Cebu’s Dancing Inmates

Warden Byron Garcia is the brother of former Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia. He spearheaded the Dancing Inmates project. His initiated this in his capacity as head of CPDRC (Cebu prison). This gives livelihood income to the prisoners for their family back home. Manila needs another Byron for better prison management.

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