Proposal to reduce overcrowding will also give offenders chance to reintegrate themselves into society, he says
The Philippines' jails and prisons are known to be among the world's most overcrowded prisons. (File photo by Vincent Go)
A Philippine church official has welcomed the passing of a bill in Congress this week that seeks to reduce prison overcrowding by imposing community service instead of jail terms for minor offenses.The Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care has for years been advocating the adoption of the measure as part of its campaign for "restorative justice." Commission executive secretary, Rodolfo Diamante, said the move is "laudable" because church leaders have long been calling for alternatives to imprisonment.
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