DOJ launches biometrics prison system

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The Department of Justice said there would no longer be overstaying inmates with the new computerized system.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Everybody deserves a second chance and should be treated equally —  even those behind bars.

With this in mind, the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched on Thursday (September 10) the Inmate Management Information System.

This should help avoid overstaying prisoners because of defects in the system.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the system would prevent some unscrupulous personnel who hide or intentionally lose some records

"Baka pinagkakaperahan dati," she said.

[Translation: "Perhaps they're making money by doing that."]

De Lima said this would no longer happen.

The new prison record system will keep track of the inmates' criminal information.

It includes an automated computation of period of confinement — including the Good Conduct Time Allowance.

The system can detect fraud, such as changing the name or falsifying identity of an inmate.

Most important, De Lima said the system could check if an inmate had served beyond his sentence.

The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) welcomed the technology.

BuCor Dir. Gen. Ricardo Rainer Cruz III said his agency would now be assured of not only an unimpeded correction and rehabilitation program but also of  timely inmate releases.

The system will soon include e-counters that will allow prisoners to check for themselves the status of their stay.