Prisoners to work in military camps before release, says Aquino

Prisoners whose jail term are about to end are now being moved to military camps a maintenance workers before they are finally released, President Benigno Aquino III said Friday.

Aquino noted the approach espouses the twin benefits of decongesting the New Bilibid Prison and serves as a half-way house to prepare inmates for a life outside prison walls.

Some prisoners will serve out their term at the Philippine Military Academy.

“Habang nababawasan nito ang pagsisiksikan sa mga selda, nagsisilbing lunsaran rin ito ng mga bilanggo upang maihanda sila sa mga hamon na kakaharapin nila sa kanilang paglaya,” the President said in a speech at the launching of the National Bureau of Corrections’ 2012 Road Map at the NBP in Muntinlupa City.

Opened in 1940, the NBP facility was designed to hold 8,700 prisoners. Its inmate population has since grown to 20,000.

“Ibig sabihin, ang seldang panlimang tao, nagiging labing-dalawa o labing-talo ang nagsisiksikan dito. Ang isang pirasong isda na sapat lang dapat na pananghalian ng isa, paghahatian pa ng tatlong magkakakosa,” Aquino noted.

Part of the problem is that some prisoners remain incarcerated even after serving out their sentence to the full, because of bureaucracy in the sense that index cards are still being used to keep prison records, some of which are being falsified, the President said.

He said he ordered the Department of Justice to speed up the implementation of National Justice Information System to ensure the prompt release of prisoners who have served their prison term and avoid falsification of documents.

The situation also prompted government to transfer the NBP to a bigger and more appropriate location where it can function as an effective correctional facility, according to the President.

“Pinag-aaralan na lamang po kung saan pansamantalang ililipat ang ilang bilanggo, upang mas maging maayos ang kanilang pagpasok sa kanilang bagong tahanan,” he said. — Amita Legaspi/VS, GMA News

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