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Arrested in 2019 crackdown, jailed activist gives birth in a pandemic

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Ina Nasino, 23, pleads with the court to let her stay with her baby, either at the hospital or at a prison nursery, until at least the child is 6 months old

NEWBORN. Activist Ina Nasino, 23, gives birth to a baby girl at the Dr Fabella Memorial Hospital on July 1, 2020. Photo courtesy of Kapatid

Hidden victims of the pandemic: The old man, the jail aide, and the convict

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:46 PM

Three persons deprived of liberty describe how inhuman conditions in the country’s jails and prisons are placing them at greater risk amid the COVID-19 pandemic

The images are artistic renderings inspired by PCIJ file photos of prisoners from various jails. Illustrated by Alexandra Paredes

745 prisoners, 125 personnel in Philippine jails test positive for coronavirus

Jun 11, 2020 - 1:44 PM

Despite the rise, the Supreme Court is yet to act on a petition for a humanitarian mass release of prisoners

BADLY HIT. The Cebu City Jail is among the worst–hit prison facilities in the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Hundreds more Taliban prisoners freed on last day of Afghan truce

May 27, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Afghanistan authorities say they released about 900 Taliban prisoners across the country, approximately 600 of them from the notorious Bagram jail near Kabul

Taliban prisoners walk in line during their release from the Bagram prison, next to the US military base in Bagram, some 50 km north of Kabul. Afghan authorities plan to release 900 more Taliban prisoners on May 26, as calls grow for the militants to extend a ceasefire on its third and final day. WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP

517 prisoners in BJMP facilities positive for coronavirus

May 26, 2020 - 11:51 AM

Cebu City Jail is among the worst–hit prison facilities

BADLY HIT. The Cebu City Jail is among the worst–hit prison facilities in the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

LOOK: In Batangas, isolation facility for inmates is outside prison

May 23, 2020 - 7:26 PM

There are 20 rooms for male prisoners and 20 rooms for female prisoners

ISOLATION FACILITY. DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo looks at an isolation secured with iron bars to house persons deprived of liberty (PDL) at the The Batangas Provincial Isolation Facility located at Brgy Malainin, Ibaan, Batangas. Photo from DOH Calabarzon Press Release

South Korea prosecutors demand 35-year jail term for ex-leader Park

May 20, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Park Geun-hye, the country's first female president, is being retried in the High Court on the bribery, abuse of power and spy agency charges

PARK GEUN-HYE. South Korea's ousted president Park Geun-Hye arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on August 7, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je

Coronavirus Updates: Infections creep into Cebu’s jails

May 09, 2020 - 5:00 PM

According to the Department of Health, the number of coronavirus cases in Cebu City Jail is at 335. There are 25 cases at the Cebu Provincial Detention Center and 71 at the Mandaue City Jail.

Jailed Saudi princess fears coronavirus risk in prison

May 05, 2020 - 1:06 PM

Princess Basmah bint Saud, a 56-year-old royal family member long seen as a proponent of women's rights and a constitutional monarchy, mysteriously disappears from public life in March last year

Saudi Princess Basmah Bint Saud Bin Abdulaziz speaks during a discussion on the role of women in the Middle East at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC on April 12, 2017. Mandel NGAN / AFP

Supreme Court can't think 'far out the box' in releasing prisoners – Leonen

May 02, 2020 - 9:04 PM

'That would mean we will be ourselves be the first to violating certain constitutional rights if we do so,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

CONGESTED JAILS. Inmates queue for water rations inside the New Bilibid Prison Maximum Security Compound. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

[OPINION] What PH jails should do to deal with the coronavirus

Apr 29, 2020 - 1:56 PM

In order to help deal with COVID-19 in the Philippine correctional system, the authors identify 4 key areas that must be properly addressed by the Bureau of Corrections and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology

TIMELINE: The bid to release low-risk, sick, elderly prisoners in PH

Apr 28, 2020 - 7:40 PM

Time is running out as the government decides whether or not to release eligible persons deprived of liberty, given the pandemic

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

4 recoveries of 229 jail coronavirus cases all personnel – BJMP

Apr 28, 2020 - 3:32 PM

Aside from the Quezon City Jail, personnel from Caloocan, Marikina, Pasay and Mandaluyong jails also test positive

The Cebu City Jail in Barangay Kalunasan has 185 cases of coronavirus among prisoners as of April 27, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

What you need to know about the Cebu City Jail

Apr 26, 2020 - 10:40 AM

With a congestion rate of 1,000%, the facility has the most coronavirus infections out of any jail in the country

OVERCROWDED. At least 210 test postive for coronavirus at the overcrowded prison. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

'Congestion not reason:' Calida blocks petition to release vulnerable prisoners

Apr 25, 2020 - 3:24 PM

There are 241 coronavirus patients in prisons nationwide, and one of them – a Bilibid inmate – has died

SLEEPING. Some PDLs find any spot to sleep inside the Quezon City Jail on March 27, 2020. Photo by Maria Tan/AFP

9 coronavirus-stricken Quezon City Jail inmates show 'positive progress'

Apr 19, 2020 - 4:20 PM

The 9 jail personnel who also contracted the coronavirus are 'receiving proper medical attention,' adds the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology

QUARANTINE. Parts of the Quezon City Jail are under strict quarantine after 9 inmates from the jail tested positive for the coronavirus. Photo from BJMP

Elderly correctional inmate tests positive for coronavirus

Apr 18, 2020 - 7:27 PM

(UPDATED) The female inmate is 72 years old, has pneumonia and has been transferred to the Sta Ana Hospital in Manila

CORRECTIONAL. Inmates at the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City on March 4, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

With GCTA suspended, low-risk convicts stranded in BJMP facilities

Apr 18, 2020 - 5:51 PM

This means that low-risk convicts, who are clearly convicted of non-heinous crimes, cannot avail of early freedoms even as the pandemic threatens Philippine jails

SLEEPING. Some PDLs find any spot to sleep inside the Quezon City Jail on March 27, 2020. Photo by Maria Tan/AFP

'Takot na takot kami': While government stalls, coronavirus breaks into PH jails

Apr 18, 2020 - 1:01 PM

Like the prisoners, their families also feel trapped with nowhere to go. Their fear is compounded by the agonizing wait for the Duterte government's action.

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)

[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?

21 detainees in isolation, swabbed for coronavirus – BJMP

Apr 13, 2020 - 3:43 PM

The 21 detainees are not exhibiting symptoms but came in contact with a detainee whose death is suspected to be related to the coronavirus

JAILS AMID PANDEMIC. Persons Deprived of Liberty wears face mask as precautionary measures against the COVID-19 inside the Manila City Jail on MArch 10, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

BJMP supports temporary release of prisoners, but only by court order

Apr 13, 2020 - 3:01 PM

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology backs jail decongestion as an 'effective response' to the coronavirus pandemic, but says it cannot release prisoners without a court order

JAILS AMID PANDEMIC. A Person Deprived of Liberty (PDL) waits for his turn for a video call inside the Manila City Jail as a precautionary measures from COVID-19 on March 12, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Philippine jails are a COVID-19 time bomb

Apr 11, 2020 - 6:40 PM

Some 4,000 quarantine and curfew violators are detained in police lockups and are awaiting transfer to city jails

NAVOTAS CITY JAIL DETAINEES. The Philippines has the most crowded correctional system in the world.
File photograph: Rick Rocamora. This image appeared in Rocamora's 2018 photobook 'Human Wrongs,' a 6-year project that documented life inside Philippine detention centers.

BJMP builds coronavirus isolation facility

Apr 09, 2020 - 2:26 PM

The move comes after a former prisoner died of acute heart ailment and with suspected coronavirus infection

SOLATION FACILITY. The 48-bed isolation facility in the BJMP’s new Quezon City Jail site in Payatas, which will serve entire Metro Manila region, has received 17 PUI detainees yesterday, the first day of operations. Photo from the International Committee of the Red Cross

BJMP: Risk of repeat offenses an issue vs prisoners' release amid pandemic

Apr 08, 2020 - 4:51 PM

'One of the issues here is actually on how to present strong evidence to convince the court that those who will be released…will not endanger the public,' says Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Spokesperson Xavier Solda

JAILS. The BJMP implements a "no mask no entry" policy for visitors of inmates at the Manila City Jail on March 10, 2020, as part of their initiative to curb the spread of the Coronavirus disease. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

KAPATID calls for mass testing of prisoners in congested facilities

Mar 23, 2020 - 6:38 PM

KAPATID spokesperson Fides Lim says it 'stretches the imagination' how congested prison system like the Philippines can be kept 100% safe when basic hygiene essentials are lacking

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

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

Metro Manila jail visits suspended indefinitely amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 11, 2020 - 12:42 PM

Thousands of inmates cannot be visited by family and friends amid the novel coronavirus outbreak

SUSPENSION. The BJMP implements a "no mask no entry" policy for visitors of inmates at the Manila City Jail on March 10, 2020, as part of their initiative to curb the spread of the Coronavirus disease. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Dozens of shabu sachets, drug kits seized in Cebu City Jail

Mar 01, 2020 - 1:55 PM

'The drugs we seized here only shows that we really have a problem,' says Cebu City Jail Superintendent Julius Arro

RAIDED. In this file photo taken on February 28, 2017 and released on March 2, 2017, naked inmates at the Cebu city jail sit during a joint raid by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Cebu Police provincial office on illegal drugs and contrabands. Photo by Merlie Dacunos/Cebu Provincial Police Office /AFP

Batangas City Jail now 342% congested as inmates move in to flee erupting Taal

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:46 PM

Lemery prisoners are safe inside the Batangas City Jail, but they worry about their relatives staying in evacuation centers within the province

IMMINENT THREAT. There is still a threat of a hazardous Taal Volcano eruption, according to state volcanologists. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

DOJ probes Bantag's booting out BuCor staff for favored BJMP aides

Jan 15, 2020 - 2:07 PM

'Wala pa kaming definitive action as to whether ibabalik ba namin 'yung mga inalis nya or hayaan lang namin,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

BUCOR CHIEF. Bureua of Corrections Director Gen Gerald Bantag shows NCRPO Chief PMajor Gen Guillermo Eleazar around the New Bilibid Prison during a surprise inspection of the facility in Muntinlupa City on Monday, October 7, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH soon to have single online portal for prisoner, criminal data

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:21 PM

But agencies are yet to digitize their data that will be uploaded to the newly-launched National Justice Information System (NJIS)

PRISONERS. Convicted prisoners at the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. Photos by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

WATCH: San Juan inmates join the 'Tala' dance challenge

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The inmates show off their own 'Tala' dance moves in a Facebook video

WATCH: How PH's best jail officers improve life in prison

Nov 13, 2019 - 7:08 PM

In overcrowded jails, these officers make their inmates' problems their own

EXEMPLARY SERVICE. The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology awarded jail officers from all around the country for their exemplary performance in providing services to inmates and their families. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

HIV an emerging concern in Central Visayas jails – BJMP

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:14 PM

'The estimated global HIV prevalence among prisoners is 3%, in some settings the HIV prevalence in prisons is 15 times higher than in the general population,' says the World Health Organization

STATE OF PRISON HEALTH. BJMP national headquarters medical officer Paul Borlongan says HIV is an emerging concern in Region VII or Central Visayas. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

PDEA agents arrest sons of Misamis Oriental provincial jail warden

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:02 AM

PDEA Northern Mindanao chief Wilkins Villanueva accuses jail warden Dominador Tagarda of 'protecting' his 2 sons accused of being drug pushers

DRUG RAID. Agents of PDEA Northern Mindanao during a raid in the house of one of sons of the Misamis Oriental jail warden in Cagayan de Oro City on September 18, 2019. Photo by PDEA

[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

Cebu’s dancing inmates featured in upcoming Netflix docu ‘Happy Jail’

Aug 10, 2019 - 7:59 PM

A new documentary by Filipino American filmmaker Michele Josue explores life inside the world-famous Cebu Detention and Rehabilitation Center

Man killed in Mandaue City jail shot by fellow inmate, says police chief

Jul 30, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Police officials clarify that the inmate was shot and not stabbed as earlier reported

Inmate killed inside Mandaue City prison

Jul 29, 2019 - 9:10 PM

The victim is allegedly linked to suspected drug lord Steve Go, who was killed inside the same prison in 2018

8 inmates escape from Lamitan jail in Basilan

Jul 07, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The inmates are jailed for murder and violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act

JAIL BREAK. Eight inmates escape from the Lamitan City Jail in Basilan province on July 7, 2019. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Romania's ruling party strongman begins jail sentence

May 27, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The verdict will almost certainly remove from public life a man who was widely seen as the puppet master behind the Social Democrats and the government they lead

JAILED. This file photo taken on April 15, 2019 shows Romania's Social Democrat Party leader Liviu Dragnea (C) leaving the High court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) after his last appeareance before the court in the 'fake jobs' case. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Kapampangan inmates helped make this Binibining Pilipinas candidate's national costume

May 14, 2019 - 8:19 PM

Emma Tiglao's costume 'Fe Esperanza Caridad' by Richie Sabinian is made with the help of the inmates from the Angeles City Jail

Cops, fire, jail personnel on full alert for Holy Week 2019

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:44 AM

'Criminals do not rest, so the DILG and its attached agencies must not rest as well,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, who has raised the alert status of the agencies

HOLY WEEK DRILL. Members of the Manila Police District participate in a drill in Intramuros, Manila, on April 4, 2019, in preparation for Holy Week. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Drug test surprises BJMP officials on new jail chief's first day

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:40 AM

BJMP officials undergo on-the-spot drug test on Day 1 of their new officer-in-charge Allan Iral, who used to head the Davao City Jail

FIRST IN LINE. New BJMP officer-in-charge Allan Iral (center) leads jail officials in getting tested for drugs. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Former Davao City Jail warden is PH's new jail chief

Mar 27, 2019 - 7:18 PM

New BJMP officer-in-charge Allan Iral worked with President Rodrigo Duterte when he was mayor of Davao City

NEW JAILS CHIEF. Allan Iral was Davao City jail warden when President Rodrigo Duterte was a mayor. BJMP photo

Four inmates die in police jail raid in Davao City

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:38 PM

Reports that certain personnel of the BJMP were in cahoots with some inmates in the illegal drugs trade inside the jail triggered the Oplan Galugad at dawn, says the Davao City police spokesperson

OPLAN GALUGAD. Jail inmates herded outside their cells during early morning raid Saturday at the Davao City Jail in Barangay Ma-a in Davao City. Photo courtesy of DCPO

UK gov't mulls limiting jail sentences of 6 months or less

Jan 12, 2019 - 8:38 PM

'The public are safer if we have a good community sentence... and it will relieve a lot of pressure on prisons,' says British prisons minister Rory Stewart

POLICE. British Police officers wait in their Police van as anti-Brexit activists deonstrate opposite the Houses of Parliament in London on Janaury 8, 2019. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

1 dead as fire strikes Antipolo City Jail

Dec 28, 2018 - 12:34 AM

(3RD UPDATE) At least 13 inmates are injured in the fire

INJURED. One of 13 inmates injured during the fire at the Antipolo City jail. Photo by Ben Nabong

At least 251 journalists jailed globally – CPJ

Dec 13, 2018 - 5:27 PM

'The terrible global assault on journalists that has intensified in the past few years shows no sign of abating,' says Committee to Protect Journalists Executive Director Joel Simon