Breaking Barriers, Transforming Lives: 2023 Jail Decongestion Accomplishments

HLAF’s accomplishment in 2023 showcased efforts to challenge societal barriers and transform the lives of its beneficiaries. It highlights the advocacies for forwarding inclusive policies, equal rights, and access to justice, emphasizing the transformative effect on individuals, families, and different communities.

There were 882 Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) released all over the Philippines together with interns and volunteers. 1,407 Case Consultations and follow-ups were provided to PDLs. Because of the unending support of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, HLAF’s case consultations and follow-up offered individualized support tailored to the specific needs and circumstances of each PDL, fostering trust, providing assistance, and promoting hope for those who may have lost it.

PDLs gained a better understanding of their legal situation, procedural rights, and potential pathways for legal recourse. Throughout the years, HLAF has proved that highlighting systemic issues within the legal system affecting PDLs potentially led to advocacy for broader legal reforms and improvements.

HLAF’s expertise is sought by the National Government to address jail congestion and reintegration

HLAF’s expertise has helped in developing and implementing strategies to alleviate overcrowding in jail facilities, ensuring better living conditions and access to essential services for persons deprived of liberty (PDLs).

HLAF advocated for policy reforms that address systemic issues affecting PDL and former inmates, leading to improved conditions and rights protection.

HLAF developed and provided evidence-based interventions that address the challenges faced by PDL and former inmates.

Persons Deprived of Liberty were empowered in Paralegal Training

HLAF’s trained persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) were equipped with essential legal knowledge, enabling them to understand their rights, navigate legal processes, and advocate for themselves within the justice system.

The training increased PDLs’ access to legal assistance and representation, improving their ability to defend their rights and seek legal remedies. Trained PDLs served as advocates and sources of support for their fellow detainees, contributing to a more equitable and informed environment inside jails.


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