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Hi tech na, malayo pa! Senators propose separate facility for heinous crimes convicts

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Three Senate panels have recommended the creation of a separate detention facility for convicts of heinous crimes in the wake of controversy over the release of several inmates under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law.

The Senate Committees on Justice and Human Rights, Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, and Finance filed Senate Bill No. 1055 proposing the establishment of a maximum penal institution in a location to be determined by the Justice Secretary.

The bill, however, states that the detention facility for convicts of heinous crimes should “preferably [be] within a military establishment or in an island separate in the mainland.”

Three maximum penal institutions are proposed to be built in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The detention facilities should be installed with surveillance cameras, latest information and security system capable of 24/7 monitoring of prisoners, and with enhanced and extensive security features on locks, doors and its perimeters.

Convicts of heinous crimes are currently detained at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

The Senate has been investigating the release of close to two thousand convicts of heinous crimes starting 2014 because of the GCTA Law.

Otherwise known as Republic Act 10592, the law allows inmates’ jail time to be shortened if they show good behavior.

Its implementation, however, has been marred by allegations of corruption and supposed loopholes in the implementing rules and regulations.

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