Jail Decongestion Program
HLAF's Jail Decongestion Program (JD) has run since HLAF's establishment and has since evolved from a traditional lawyering project into an alternative lawyering program.
We decongest jails not only by providing legal and paralegal assistance to PDLs but we also focus on improving the perspective, attitudes and knowledge of duty-bearers and the community.
Our Jail Decongestion Stories
dignity through freedom
“As a society, our decision to heap shame and contempt upon those who struggle and fail in a system designed to keep them locked up
“Women in prison are often invisible to society, but they are human beings with stories, families, and dreams.” – Angela Davis The Philippine jails have
Understanding the Needs, Breaking Down Barriers: Mental Health Issues and the Well-Being of PDLs in Quezon City Jail
By: Mary Ann Cortez Have you ever wondered what a normal day in the life of a social worker in a prison is like? This
Despite the glaring data that there is a drastic decrease of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, it may be imperative to know what the current
1 January 2021 - 31 December 2021
were released through the combined efforts of the partners jails, PDL volunteers and HLAF volunteers, interns and staff
trained as paralegals to provide paralegal services to their fellow PDLs.
trained, capacitated and empowered to provide support to PDLs in their areas.