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Acting NorCot Gov Villanueva mulls construction of 2 more district jails

Acting North Cotabato Governor Shirlyn Macasarte-Villanueva said the provincial government is looking to construct two more district jails to decongest the lone jail facility in Kidapawan City and prevent future rescue attempts.

The lady politiko added this is the recommendations of the Special Action Committee (SAC) formed after the January 5 attack on the North Cotabato District Jail (NCDJ) that resulted in the escape of 158 inmates.

Villanueva, who chairs the SAC, said the establishment of two more district jails, one in Kabacan and another in Midsayap, will decongest the current jail compound.

NCDJ, located at the back of North Cotabato Provincial Capitol grounds in Barangay Amas, Kidapawan City, was designed to accommodate 450 inmates but at the time of the attack, it has a population of 1,511 detainees. Only 20 jail guards are securing the compound.

Villanueva said while the jail is under the supervision and management of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), the provincial government has been extending assistance through manpower and logistics.

The putting up of other jail facilities would avoid risks of transporting crime offenders from the current jail facility to different courts in the province.

The lady governor is anticipating the possibility of crime suspects getting rescued along the way from Kidapawan City to Kabacan and Midsayap, North Cotabato where courts are located.

Besides, she said, the prison camps can be improved in terms of cleanliness and become a conducive venue for rehabilitation and reformation.

The SAC also recommended to Interior and Local Governments Sec. Ismael Sueno to transfer high risk inmates, especially those involved in bombings, kidnappings and other sensational crimes, to spare the province of violence from rescue attempts.

Villanueva said that request for transfer of “dangerous” inmates have been unacted upon by previous Department of Interior and Local Government officials.

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