Drug war con­gests jails by 623%

The Philippine Star - - NATION - – Em­manuel Tu­pas

Pres­i­dent Duterte’s cam­paign against il­le­gal drugs has con­gested the fa­cil­i­ties of the Bu­reau of Jail Man­age­ment and Penol­ogy (BJMP) by 623 per­cent.

As of yes­ter­day, Se­nior In­spec­tor Xavier Solda, BJMP spokesman, said there were 152,393 in­mates in 475 jails across the coun­try.

Solda said there were only 98,000 in­mates be­fore Duterte as­sumed of­fice last year.

“The in­crease in the jail pop­u­la­tion is re­lated to the drug war,” Solda said.

There are around 12,500 BJMP of­fi­cers and per­son­nel, only 7,000 of them per­form­ing cus­to­dial du­ties.

The bu­reau ear­lier re­quested Congress for ap­proval to hire 2,000 per­son­nel a year to boost its man­power.

The BJMP is also push­ing the con­struc­tion of more de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

Solda said they have been ask­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment units to do­nate land for the con­struc­tion of jails.

The gov­ern­ment has ear­marked P1.5 bil­lion for the con­struc­tion of new jails in 2018.

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