90% of female inmates face drug charges-A A +A
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
ABOUT 90 percent of the female detainees at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facilities in Barangays Taculing and Handumanan are facing drug-related charges, BJMP-Taculing head Chief Inspector Gilbert Peremne said on Tuesday.
In BJMP-Taculing where about 508 inmates are detained, most of the women detainees are facing drug-related charges after they were used as drug couriers by their suppliers, Peremne added.
Peremne believed that, because of poverty, most of the women were forced to engage in illegal drug trade in order to survive and to support their families.
Peremne said they also conduct a strict inspection during visit hours to avert the possible entry of illegal drugs inside the detention cell.
Peremne said BJMP is now planning to establish an additional detention facility in Barangay Handumanan to accommodate the large number of inmates in the city.
Peremne said the BJMP with the cooperation of the City Government will build an additional detention facility to separate the detention cell of the female inmates from the male inmates.
Peremne added that the construction of the building will be materialized maybe next year. (Merlinda A. Pedrosa)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 25, 2012.