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PIA Press Release
2010/06/02

Police plans to escort newly-released inmates home to prevent crimes

Cebu City (2 June) -- Police plans to escort newly-released inmates from prison back to their residence in order to prevent them from committing a crime.

Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director S/Supt. Patrocinio Commendador bared their plan to coordinate with Cebu City jails for the police to be on hand as soon as the inmate or inmates are released so they could be escorted back to their house.

The move stems from the fact that most prisoners commit the same offense such as snatching, hold-up and robbery after they were released from prison, which were the same reasons why they were put to jail in the first place, according to Commendador.

"Around 98 percent are repeat offenders. This is the reason why we are trying a different approach and plan to escort them by the time they are just released from prison until they get to their residence," Commendador stressed.

Commendador specified they would just focus on those inmates that had previous records of snatching, hold-up and robberies voicing concern that the month of June which signals the start of classes also sees a rise in the incidence of crimes against properties.

"This has always been the pattern that we have observed that most perpetrators that have been sent to jail are repeat offenders. After four to six months in jail, they again go out in the streets to prey innocent victims even on the day they were released," Commendador said.

The repeat offenders would still be monitored regularly by the police even after being escorted home to let them know that the cops are watching them, Commendador disclosed.

"We will not force them to ride the bust bus to escort them home," Commendador replied when asked whether such move is a violation of human rights.

The city police chief stressed it is their responsibility to ensure the safety of the public from such lawless elements that strike at every opportunity they see. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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