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COA asked Bureau of Correction to build more jails

Balita Ngayon| Philippine jails are reportedly six times more crowded than they should be, according to a new report. On June 16, the Commission on Audit, or COA, said crowded jails have grown even more crowded, housing an additional 30,000 inmates since 2015.

That results in about 125,000 inmates in facilities only meant to hold about 20,000. The commission said the increase was brought on by more drug-related crimes being prosecuted, a lack of judges, postponed hearing, and defendants who face bailable offenses, but are too poor to afford it. The massive overcrowding leaves inmates susceptible to health risk and dangerous conditions. According to the Manila Bulletin, the bureau overseeing jails hired an additional 500 employees last year. But, to better address the congestion, the COA asked the bureau to build more facilities as well as apply good conduct policies to inmates who may already be eligible for release.

   

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