House Justice Chair: "Erring Children Won't Be Jailed, But To Be Put in "Reformative Institutions"

The House Justice Chairman, Rep. Doy Leachon explained that in the controversial House Bill Lowering the Age of Criminal Liability, erring children won't be jailed, but they will be put in "Reformative Institutions," instead.


During the January 21, 2019 speech of Atty. Leachon, the Justice Committee Chair was quoted as saying "Let it be understood that with the present bill, first, we are not putting these children in jail but in reformative institutions to correct their ways and bring them back to the community. And second, they are not branded as criminals but children in conflict with the law. Reformative institutions do not punish individuals but instead, they were established to help the children to be integrated back to the community after they have committed criminal acts."



The statement of Atty. Doy Leachon was shared by Thinking Pinoy to his more than a million followers on Facebook as he noted that the new bill proposing a lower age of criminal liability essentially removes the element of impunity among children in conflict with the law.

Thinking Pinoy added that with the new bill, erring children will start to be held accountable for their acts, but the punishment is shall NOT be severely punitive in nature.

Based upon the explanations of the House Committee on Justice, instead of putting kids behind bars, children in conflict with the law will be committed to juvenile reform facilities, which are aimed at reforming these kids for eventual re-introduction to society.

TP also explained that in short, the bill appears to simply make Bahay Pag-asa Juvenile Justice Centers like the one in Pasig City a nationwide policy, and it's just unfortunate that the issue has been unduly sensationalized by some media outlets.

Here is the Complete Report of Thinking Pinoy:

ON HOUSE BILL LOWERING THE AGE OF CRIMINAL LIABILITY, ERRING CHILDREN WON'T BE JAILED, TO BE PUT IN "REFORMATIVE INSTITUTIONS" INSTEAD: HOUSE JUSTICE CHAIR



In his 21 January 2019 opening speech about the bill lowering age of criminal liability, House of Representatives of the Philippines Justice Committee chair Atty Doy Leachon said:

"Let it be understood that with the present bill, first, we are not putting these children in jail but in reformative institutions to correct their ways and bring them back to the community. And second, they are not branded as criminals but children in conflict with law. Reformative institutions do not punish individuals but instead, they were established to help the children to be integrated back to the community after they have committed criminal acts."

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Thinking Pinoy: The new bill proposing a lower age of criminal liability essentially removes the element of impunity among children in conflict with the law. With the new bill, erring children will start to be held accountable for their acts, but the punishment is shall NOT be severely punitive in nature.

Instead of putting kids behind bars, children in conflict with the law will be committed to juvenile reform facilities, which are aimed at reforming these kids for eventual re-introduction to society.

In short, the bill appears to simply make Bahay Pag-asa Juvenile Centers like the one in Pasig City a nationwide policy, and it's just unfortunate that the issue has been unduly sensationalized by some media outlets.

Source: Thinking Pinoy FB Page

House Justice Chair: "Erring Children Won't Be Jailed, But To Be Put in "Reformative Institutions" House Justice Chair: "Erring Children Won't Be Jailed, But To Be Put in "Reformative Institutions" Reviewed by Phil Newsome on January 23, 2019 Rating: 5
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