114 Juvenile Offenders Released in the Philippines |TODAY|
Submitted by dan. on 2007-10-02 00:58.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government has ordered the release of 114 children-in-conflict-with-the-law in compliance with the latest directive of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for prison authorities to free all juvenile offenders still languishing in jails.
According to a report by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to DILG Secretary Ronaldo Puno, data gathered for the month of June show that
--22 CICL were released on recognizance after finding out that they were charged with petty crimes;
--31 based on provisions of Republic Act (RA) 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act;
--23 after it was found that they have already served their sentence;
--21 after their cases were dismissed; and three after posting bail.
The BJMP said 14 other CICL were transferred to the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other institutions taking care of juvenile offenders, such as the Center for Restorative Activities Development and Learning Experience (Cradle) at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.
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