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DOJ: Early release of sick, elderly prisoners ordered before virus crisis

Apr 12, 2020 - 7:20 PM

The Department of Justice says it ordered the release of old and sickly prisoners even before the coronavirus outbreak. Groups say these vulnerable inmates remain behind bars.

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)

IN PHOTOS: The catastrophe of overcrowded jails during the coronavirus

Apr 02, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Physical distancing is impossible to achieve in detention centers bursting at the seams

Quezon City Jail. All photos by Rick Rocamora

[OPINION] Temporary relief for Persons Deprived of Liberty amid the coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020 - 2:23 PM

'With an overcrowding rate of 350%, the Philippines has the most congested correctional system in the world. If one of the PDLs gets infected in the congested jails, it could be a catastrophe.'

KAPATID appeals for release of low-level offenders, elderly, sick prisoners amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 15, 2020 - 7:59 AM

'This is not only an urgent matter of life and death but also of justice,' KAPATID spokesperson Fides Lim writes in an open letter to the Duterte administration

Officers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) conducts an awareness seminar regarding COVID-19 to detainees in Manila City Jail on March 12, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Fear of making decisions

Dec 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM

There are irreparable costs

Unqualified GCTA returnees lose jobs, are detained for months

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Part 2: Even if many are not heinous crime convicts, former inmates turn themselves in to the Correctional Institution for Women out of fear of the President. Administrative lapses make them worry they won’t be home for Christmas.

'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

[OPINION] Why am I not in favor of restorative justice

Sep 02, 2019 - 7:04 PM

'Let the punishment fit the crime. For this reason, I think that the death penalty should be restored, particularly for heinous crimes,' says Albert Lesaca

IN PHOTOS: Artworks by political prisoners show their plight

Jun 16, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The artworks, according to Kapatid, reflect the vigor and struggles of detained activists and human rights defenders

Artworks done by political prisoners are displayed in an exhibit at the Commission on Human Rights on Saturday, June 15. Photo by Justin Francia/Rappler

Martial Law-era group relaunched to call for release of political prisoners

Jun 16, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Kapatid, originally established in 1978 under the Marcos dictatorship, seeks to have political prisoners freed and to promote basic rights

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

PDEA sets up an office inside Bilibid

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:10 AM

(UPDATED) The office is located a few hundred meters away from the compound's iconic reserve, where prisoners are kept

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Philippine crime lord enjoys jailhouse rock

Dec 18, 2014 - 6:23 PM

Colango who was able to buy his way into the world of the prison s top criminal kingpins used his time in prison to make himself a music star

Herbert C. Photo sourced by Rappler

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

2 Negros fugitives recaptured

Apr 19, 2013 - 6:16 PM

Two of the 13 inmates who bolted a jail in Negros Occidental were recaptured April 19

Negros Occidental provincial police officer-in-charge Senior Supt Ricardo de la Paz