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In its 2018 report, the “World Prison Brief” – a database maintained by the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research at the University of London – declared that the Philippines had the second most overcrowded prison system in the world. It was second only to Haiti.
Data obtained by the PCIJ from BJMP put the congestion rate of the Philippine correctional system at 403 percent. This has already decreased from 427 percent in 2019 and 439.47 percent in 2018. Overcrowding stood at an all-time high in 2017 at 612 percent.
There were 470 jail facilities in the country in 2020, according to BJMP data. These facilities were manned by 16,949 jail personnel.
— PCIJ, March 2022