New reformatory center sought as City Jail congestion worsens PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 May 2015 13:54

By VIC LARATO

 

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro is appealing to the local government unit and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to consider the immediate construction of a new reformatory center or jail facility in Zamboanga City.

Casimiro lamented that the situation now inside the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center or City Jail is “beyond human,” defeating its objective of being a reformatory facility.

He said 60% of the City Jail detainees are facing drug-related charges, and at the rate the police drug war is being intensified, the number will increase, thereby aggravating the already congested and “beyond human” condition of the City Jail.

Compounding the jail congestion problem, Casimiro bewailed, is the slow-phase trial or resolution of cases in the regional courts due to lack of judges.

“Ideally, we should have 10 trial courts but we only have 4, of which 2 are unfilled,” the city police director said, adding that under normal situation a judge should only handle, try or hear at least 400 cases. “But right now, one judge holds 1,400 cases.”

According to Casimiro, the BJMP now with a new regional director has already set aside funds for the construction of a new reformatory center for the city, but the problem is the site on which it facility will be constructed.

“That is why we are reaching out to the city government if it could provide the area or lot where to construct the much-needed reformatory center,” Casimiro said during Monday’s press briefing in City Hall.— Vic Larato