Overcrowding is rife at Quazon City jail. Credit: Noel Celis/Getty
Earlier I wrote about the guy who got sent to prison in the UK for very serious crimes and brought in a load of cocaine, weed and a McDonald's in his first week at Her Majesty's pleasure.
From one extreme to another, images have emerged from a prison in the Philippines that is meant to house up to 800 inmates, but currently has 3,800 frequenting the jail.
Quazon City jail, in the capital Manila, is notorious for crowding issues.
It's shocking to look at, but it is a daily reality for these inmates, some of whom are actually awaiting trial, according to The Inquirer.
Images show a variation of human rights atrocities, from squatting on the floor trying to sleep, to soars and rashes from living in squalor, as reports the Daily Mail.
The jail is nearly five times over capacity. Credit: Noel Celis/Getty
Men sleep in squalid conditions. Credit: Noel Celis/Getty
In some cases, up to 200 people are crammed into cells made for up to 20 and the diabolical conditions are evident for all to see. The inmates are given free dental care, gym facilities and other basics, but the conditions remain squalid, which in turn precipitates illness, sickness and ailments in general.
Inmates queue up to use the gym. Credit: Noel Celis/Getty
One inmate cuts the hair of another. Credit: Noel Celis/Getty
Dr Raymund Narag, who was wrongly imprisoned for seven years at Quazon City jail for murder (SEVEN YEARS), recounts his experiences in his book 'Freedom and Death Inside The Jail', in which he remembers being treated worse than an animal.
He also stated: "Inmates are prone to contagious diseases because of the poor living conditions in their cells. They sleep in overcrowded, poorly ventilated cells. The supply of potable water is very limited. Food rations have inadequate nutritional content. Sick and healthy inmates are grouped in the same cells."
The book also recounts other inmates' experiences, many of whom were innocent. This injustice is so prevalent in the Philippines that Amnesty International has written an extensive report on the abuses on human rights in the country and that jail in particular.
The prison was built in the 1950s and has done little to modernise since its creation.
Just as the English cocaine, weed, Maccies guy story is ridiculous, so are these atrocities.
Everyone should be allowed basic human rights while in jail and the right to a fair trial.
This needs to stop.
Words Patrick Hulbert