Phillippines: BuCor Exec Defends Prison Guards

From the article: “An official of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) yesterday defended prison guards against accusations that they were in cohorts with inmates in the smuggling of contraband into the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.”

Apparently, there have been accusations that prison guards were smuggling in contraband, including deadly weapons.  This was following a grenade explosion that killed six inmates at the facility.  An official of the Bureau of Corrections decided to speak out via his blog.  The following is a choice quote from the blog, cited in the article:

“Prisoners never negotiate with his guard the entry of weapons, drugs and other illegal equipments. Prisoners knew that it is bordering on impossibility and would expose their guards to unnecessary hassle. Prison guards knew that the layers of personnel on each path towards the prison camp would make it difficult for them to smuggle anything unusual. More so, a guard will never introduce something which in the long run might be used against him.”

Now, I have complete respect for correctional staff – they have an extremely hard job to do, and it is not a job that often pays well or that receives the respect that it should in the greater community.  At the same time, this is complete crap.  Anyone who has worked around a correctional facility knows that certain staff bring in contraband, especially drugs, due to the high costs that can be charged within the confined correctional environment.  Either this guy is naive…or he’s not telling the truth.

Now, would a correctional officer bring in a grenade?  That seems more questionable, for obvious reasons.

Read the original article here.

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