The Cebu in the Philippines has two jails. One of them is an old colonial prison overcrowded with prisoners who make their own rules there and where the guards won’t go if they are not at least 20 people in protected outfits and with snipers on the walls who keep an eye on inmates, in case they tried to pull something off. Another prison: Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center is the opposite. It is highly protected, they have “fingerprint scanners, closed-circuit TV, and orange uniforms” which is built according to American jail model. We will mostly talk about the second prison, but there are some interesting facts about Bagong Buhay Rehabilitation Center too.
This is Bagong Buhay Rehabilitation Center. Inmates can wash themselves only when the rain falls. The facility should normally contain 250 prisoners but there are 1,600. Space is so small in cells that the inmates should sleep in shifts. The doors don’t close in the prison, so the inmates are walking there as they want. But despite the fact that the prison guards enter there very rarely, it is pretty well organized by inmates themselves. And the funny thing is that, even if it is a sh*thole, they are all quite happy there with their lives.