PNoy signs amendments to Revised Penal Code



President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law a measure that seeks to revise prison credits, specifically for those already under preventive imprisonment.

Republic Act 10592, signed last May 29, amended portions of the Revised Penal Code.
  


Under Article 29 of the Revised Penal Code, the local jail shall entitle a prisoner to the following deductions from the period of his sentence for good behavior:

During the first two years of imprisonment, the prisoner shall be allowed a deduction of 20 days for each month of good behavior during detention;

In the third to the 5th year, inclusive, of his imprisonment, he shall be allowed a deduction of 23 days for each month of good behavior during detention;

During the following years until the 10th year, inclusive, of his imprisonment, the prisoner shall be allowed a deduction of 25 days for each month of good behavior during detention;

And in the 11th and successive years of his imprisonment, he shall be allowed a deduction of 30 days for each month of good behavior during detention; and

At any time during the period of imprisonment, he shall be allowed another deduction of 15 days, in addition to numbers one to four for each month of study, teaching or mentoring service time rendered.

The deduction shall not be given to, among others:

* the recidivists, or have been convicted previously twice or more times of any crime; and
* upon being summoned for the execution of their sentence they have failed to surrender voluntarily.

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