Zambo Reformatory threatens to stop accepting inmates PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 March 2017 14:10

by RG Antonet Go

The Zamboanga City Reformatory Center has threatened to stop accepting inmates to avoid health and security risks brought about by highly congested jail cells.

ZCRC J/Chief Inspector Ervin Diaz said that he plans to inform Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Gregorio dela Peña about his plan to stop receiving inmates once the number reaches the absolute limit of 2,500.

ZCJ has a current population of 2,414 male detainees living inside 23 regular cells and two isolation cells.

The facility was constructed with a maximum capacity of 800 detainees.

Diaz said that the facility is currently 710% congested.

At present, each cell has 90 to 100 inmates.

Inmates who are not accommodated inside the cells are sleeping at the lobby and the basketball court, a situation which poses a security risk.

Dan, an inmate, complained of difficulties inside the facility, saying that some inmates are already sleeping near the comfort rooms.

Some are even sleeping while sitting in an upright position, Dan revealed.

He said that some have already gotten sick due to the congestion suffered by inmates inside the facility.  (RGAAGo)