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[ANALYSIS] Innovative responses to coronavirus in Manila City Jail

May 11, 2020 - 3:07 PM

Some of the guards have even become temporary guests of the jail gangs, where VIP accommodation rooms have been provided for sleeping

[PODCAST] Coronavirus: Bakit kailangang palayain ang mga low-risk, may sakit, elderly prisoners?

Apr 16, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Ano ang hakbang na dapat gawin upang masiguradong maayos ang proseso kung ito'y matutuloy?

'Catastrophic' situation in jails feared if 'low-risk' prisoners not released

Apr 07, 2020 - 6:13 PM

(UPDATED) 'Failure to act now could result in a serious outbreak in the country’s jails and prisons, threatening the lives of prisoners whose health the authorities have a duty to protect,' Human Rights Watch says

In this photo taken on March 27, 2020, prison inmates lie to sleep at the crowded courtyard of the Quezon City jail in Manila. - UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has urged countries to protect people held in overcrowded prisons and other enclosed facilities by releasing vulnerable detainees, saying COVID-19 "risks rampaging through such institutions". (Photo by Maria TAN / AFP)

'Puro sabaw': BuCor only uses P39 of P60-food budget per prisoner

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Since July 2018, the Bureau of Corrections has been spending an average of P13 per meal for each prisoner

MISMANAGEMENT? The Bureau of Corrections underspends its food budget for prisoners. PRIB Photo

Zubiri wants Alcatraz-type 'heinous crime penitentiary'

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:20 AM

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri says his proposed prison in an isolated and uninhabited island will keep heinous crime convicts 'far from their victims and society at large'

ISLAND PRISONS. Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri wants island prisons for heinous crimes convicts. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

They spoke to dozens of jailed extremists, and here's what they learned

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:00 AM

The Philippines confines terrorists on trial away from other types of crime suspects. Filipino and Australian researchers say this approach might only intensify the inmates' extremism.

WATCH: Lullabies in prison

Nov 20, 2018 - 12:01 PM

An Iloilo-based filmmaker and teacher gives us a glimpse into the lives of women imprisoned at the Iloilo City Jail

Explaining the PNP secret detention cell

May 01, 2017 - 7:00 PM

This is my first time after doing research in this area for the past 22 years to have heard of such secret medieval age type of cells

No more room in Cebu prison of dancing inmates

Aug 13, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The current population is at 3 008 more than double capacity of only 1 500 inmates

NO ROOM. The Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) practice for a dance video last January 2016. Screengrab from Youtube

Philippine crime war packs decaying jails

Jul 30, 2016 - 4:51 PM

As police wage an unprecedented war on crime detainees appear doomed for lengthy stints in an underfunded and overwhelmed penal system

OVERCROWDED. Inmates rest in their sleeping quarters inside the Quezon City jail at night in Manila in this picture taken on July 18, 2016. Noel Celis/AFP

Overcrowding in PH prisons: Is tech the solution?

Apr 23, 2016 - 7:51 PM

For administrators wanting to solve the problems facing jails in the Philippines getting consistent and accurate information can often take months

Image courtesy of Raymund Amonoy

Decongest prisons to stop inmate criminality, VIP lifestyle – De Lima

Apr 15, 2016 - 6:39 PM

The 2014 raids on the national penitentiary yielded illegal drugs firearms and other banned items in the lavishly decorated cells of convicted drug lords

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Drug lords, murderers, and high living in Bilibid

Dec 19, 2014 - 10:39 AM

Philippine officials see for themselves the lavish and gaudy abodes of 19 inmates in the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison

Prison reform: The only unity we need

Jun 30, 2014 - 11:37 AM

Much as I hate to say it I think Senator Bong Revilla has a right to complain about jail conditions

Kumander Ligaya: Digging a tunnel for freedom

Mar 28, 2014 - 11:19 AM

Maning Dimatulac vividly remembers how he and several other political prisoners dug the tunnel at Fort Bonifacio