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PIA Press Release
2007/09/06

Cebu jails take part in National Crime Prevention Week

Cebu City (6 September) -- Inmates in at least six of Cebu's big jails are given an education drive on the corresponding penalties of most common crimes committed as stipulated under Philippine laws to better understand the gravity of their cases.

Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP-7) Jail Inspector Julito Tarona Jr. said in observance of the annual National Crime Prevention Week from September 1 to 7, their office is undertaking an information drive to inmates to let them understand on the consequences of the crimes they committed in the hope that moral transformation will take place among these convicts after serving their respective sentences.

Tarona said the top three biggest jails in Cebu are the Cebu City Jail followed by the Lapulapu City Jail and Mandaue City Jail. The next three are the prisons based in the cities of Danao and Toledo and in the municipality of Carcar.

Based on interviews with the inmates, poverty has been concluded as the primary factor that led these convicts to commit crimes mostly robbery in nature, according to Tarona.

Tarona who guested in the recent PIA Kapihan on crime prevention disclosed that the common profile shared by these inmates is lack of schooling. The lack of education reflects that these convicts are not aware of the grave consequences of their actions under our criminal laws and that there is a need to inculcate in them the wrongness of their acts that have deprived them the freedom to better their lives due to the time spent in prison, Tarona said.

The BJMP's 'Adopt A Jail' Program, meanwhile, seeks to provide livelihood opportunities to inmates so they can earn money even during detention.

Inmates are taught on craftsmanship particularly on fashion accessories, automotive training, basic electricity and ladderized education program, Tarona said.

Tarona said the program in partnership with the regional offices of the Technical Educational Skills and Development Authority and the Department of Education is aimed at giving the inmates the necessary tool that will equip them to become productive citizens when they are eventually released from jail.

The BJMP inspector said their office has coordinated with the Mandaue City Exporters Association where the latter sub-contracts the production of particularly-designed fashion accessories from the inmates where they are paid per piece of assembled items made. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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