Monday, May 23, 2011

Inmates' skill in billion tree campaign earns him "living-out" privileges - Manila, Phillipines

'Leviste's VIP privileges due to tree planting skills' | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features

The acting chief of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on Monday said there are no clear rules on the granting of "living-out status" to New Bilibid Prison (NBP) inmates that would allow them to live outside the minimum security compound but not outside the prison.

Acting BuCor chief Teodora Diaz said the granting of living out status to prisoners is determined by the prison superintendents on a case-to-case basis.

She said prisoners can be granted living out privilege if they are classified as minimum security, are considered low risk, and if there is a custodial officer charged with the responsibility of the prisoner's whereabouts.

In the case of former Batangas Governor Antonio Leviste, he was even granted sleeping-out status - which meant he could stay in a nipa hut he had built inside the prison - because he had started a billion tree program inside the NBP. Sleep-out status is only granted to skilled prisoners.

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