Zambo jail limit covered by Supreme Court circular PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 18 March 2017 11:24



A resolve by the Jail Warden of the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center not to accept detainees after the 2,500 limit has been reached is backed by a Supreme Court circular.

Supreme Court Circular No. 270-2016 covers the temporary suspension of committing inmates to congested jail facilities due to the increase in the number of inmates nationwide.

The circular directs Executive Judges to inquire into the accommodation facilities and health of inmates in identifying overcrowded jails.

It also allows the Judges to order the temporary suspension of issuance of Commitment Orders transferring inmates to identified overcrowded jail facilities.

The circular was issued in response to the “alarming increase” in the number of inmates in jail facilities all over the country as confirmed by Jail Director Serafin P. Barreto Jr., Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Chief in 2016.

In Zamboanga city, Executive Judge Gregorio dela Peña has reportedly been informed about the congestion at the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center.

Dela Peña was also reportedly informed about the decision of the Jail Warden not to accept any more detainees once the limit of 2,500 is reached.

There are currently 2,420 detainees staying at the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center.

The number is seen to increase due to intensified Tokhang operations by the police. (RGAAGo)