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Behind Locked Doors: Understanding the Lived Experiences of Persons Deprived of Liberty in Detention and Correctional Facilities

International Journal of Science and Management Studies (IJSMS)
© 2023 by IJSMS Journal
Volume-6 Issue-3
Year of Publication : 2023
Authors : Jiffrey B. Saguran, Jenny C. Cano, Elvira P. Llantos, Jimson E. Esnardo, Alben C. Banac, Melina G. Gabon, Arturo A. Tagle
DOI: 10.51386/25815946/ijsms-v6i3p117
Citation:
MLA Style: Jiffrey B. Saguran, Jenny C. Cano, Elvira P. Llantos, Jimson E. Esnardo, Alben C. Banac, Melina G. Gabon, Arturo A. Tagle "Behind Locked Doors: Understanding the Lived Experiences of Persons Deprived of Liberty in Detention and Correctional Facilities" International Journal of Science and Management Studies (IJSMS) V6.I3 (2023): 184-199.

APA Style: Jiffrey B. Saguran, Jenny C. Cano, Elvira P. Llantos, Jimson E. Esnardo, Alben C. Banac, Melina G. Gabon, Arturo A. Tagle, Behind Locked Doors: Understanding the Lived Experiences of Persons Deprived of Liberty in Detention and Correctional Facilities, International Journal of Science and Management Studies (IJSMS), v6(i3), 184-199.
Abstract:
Individual difficulties and significant effects on physical, emotional, and social well-being characterize the experiences of Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL). They usually experience a loss of autonomy, limited mobility, and restricted access to opportunities and resources when they are housed in correctional facilities or detention centers. This study aimed to determine the lived experiences of PDL inside the jail using a phenomenological qualitative research approach. Five PDL, five custodial/police officers, and two human rights officers from southern part of the Philippines were the informants of the study. Results revealed that the PDL have been treated well by the custodial or police officers, however, inadequate food and poor facilities such as ventilation, toilet, and detention centers are evident. The facilities do not have space where the PDL can do some physical exercise. The facility has also not established a program that promotes the mental and emotional wellbeing of its PDL. Although they are given quiet time to pray in their cells, there is no place dedicated for the inmates to practice whatever religion they have. Also, close visits with the inmates have been prohibited during Covid-19 pandemic andonly the cell leaders and police officers keep the PDL sanity and well-being. Therefore, it is recommended that the authorities adhere carefully to the national standards for detention facilities in order to provide a compassionate supply of basic necessities and ensure the mental and emotional health of the PDL.
Keywords: convicts, imprisonment, qualitative research, phenomenology, criminal justice.
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