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OVERVIEW

As one of the five pillars of the Criminal Justice System, the BJMP was created to address growing concern of jail management and penology problem. Primarily, its clients are detainees accused before a court who are temporarily confined in such jails while undergoing investigation, waiting final judgement and those who are serving sentence promulgated by the court 3 years and below. As provided for under R.A. No. 6975, the Jail Bureau is mandated to take operational and administrative control over all city, district and municipal jails.

The Bureau has four major areas of rehabilitation program, namely: Livelihood Projects, Educational and Vocational Training, Recreation and Sports, and Religious/ Spiritual Activities. These were continuously implemented to eliminate the offenders' pattern of criminal behaviour and to reform them to become law-abiding and productive citizens.

Although the workplace of the Jail Bureau is confined inside the portals of jail to safeguard inmates, nonetheless, the Bureau has an inherent function of informing the public of jail operations and other matters concerning the corrections pillar of the Philippines. Coincidentally, being a new and growing Bureau, BJMP aims to keep the public abreast of information regarding jail management and penology.

HISTORY

On January 2, 1991, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology was created thru Republic Act 6975 as a line Bureau under the Department of Interior and Local Government. The Jail Bureau  is the upgraded version of its forerunner, the Office of Jail Management and Penology of the defunct PC/INP last headed by  BRIG GEN Arsenio E. Concepcion.

As mandated by law,  the  BJMP shall operate under the reorganized  Department of  the  Interior  and  Local Government. 

Starting  from  scratch with  500 personnel in 1991 the BJMP weaned from its mother PC/INP as a mere component,  to become a full-fledge bureau.  Director Charles S. Mondejar  took his oath of office on July 1 of   1991 as  the first Chief  of  the Bureau. 

The Bureau of  Jail  Management  and  Penology supervises and controls all district, city and municipal jails.

Prominent figures later succeeded Director Mondejar after retirement, J/SR SUPT BASILIO G CAEL (Oct. 31, 1995 to Jan. 2, 1996); J/C SUPT SILAS V LAURIO (Jan. 2, 1996 to July 13, 1997); J/SR SUPT  JOSUE G ENGANO (July 14, 1997 to June 30, 1998),  P/M GEN AQUILINO G JACOB JR (July 8, 1998 to March 30, 2001). On March 30, 2001, CSUPT ARTURO W ALIT, CESO IV took his oath of office as Officer-in-Charge and was given his directorship rank on December 14, 2003 to May 9, 2006 as Chief of the Bureau. After ALIT, CSUPT ANTONIO CABIL CRUZ was appointed as Officer-in-Charge on May 9, 2006 to Dec 5, 2006. CSUPT CLARITO GUIRHEM JOVER, Ph.D. (CESO V) was later appointed OIC on December 18, 2006 to February 20, 2007. DIRECTOR ARMANDO M LLAMASARES, DPA, served the bureau as the Chief on February 21, 2007 until his retirement on March 05, 2008.

At present, J/CSUPT DEOGRACIAS CARREON TAPAYAN, CESE serves as the Bureau's Chief.