To enhance public safety by ensuring humane safekeeping and development of Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) in all district, city, and municipal jails for their reintegration to society.


A premier institution highly regarded by society for the secure and humane treatment of Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) by its competent and motivated corps.


In line with it’s mission, the Jail Bureau endeavors to perform the following functions:

Formulate policies and guidelines in the administration of all district, city, and municipal jails nationwide;

Implement strong security measures for the control of inmates;

Provide for the basic needs of inmates;

Conduct activities for the development of inmates;

Improve jail facilities; and,

Promote the general welfare and development of personnel.


Bjmp is mandated to direct, supervise and control the administration and operation of all district, city and municipal jails nationwide with pronged tasks of safekeeping and development of inmates.


There are four (4) major programs under the mandate of bjmp and they are the following:

1. Inmates custody, security and control program
2. Inmates welfare and development program
3. Decongestion program
4. Good governance


PRO – Professionalism
T – Teamwork
E – Effeciency / Competence
C – Commitment
S – Self-Discipline


 Continous skills enhancement of personnel
 Ability to establish linkages and Parnerships
 Responsive Planning
 Timely decision-making
 Expedient implementation


As one of the five pillars of the Criminal Justice System, the BJMP was created to address growing concern of jail management and penology problem. Primarily, its clients are detainees accused before a court who are temporarily confined in such jails while undergoing investigation, waiting final judgement and those who are serving sentence promulgated by the court 3 years and below. As provided for under R.A. No. 6975, the Jail Bureau is mandated to take operational and administrative control over all city, district and municipal jails.

The Bureau has four major areas of rehabilitation program, namely: Livelihood Projects, Educational and Vocational Training, Recreation and Sports, and Religious/ Spiritual Activities. These were continuously implemented to eliminate the offenders’ pattern of criminal behaviour and to reform them to become law-abiding and productive citizens.

Although the workplace of the Jail Bureau is confined inside the portals of jail to safeguard inmates, nonetheless, the Bureau has an inherent function of informing the public of jail operations and other matters concerning the corrections pillar of the Philippines. Coincidentally, being a new and growing Bureau, BJMP aims to keep the public abreast of information regarding jail management and penology.


On January 2, 1991, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology was created thru Republic Act 6975 as a line Bureau under the Department of Interior and Local Government. The Jail Bureau  is the upgraded version of its forerunner, the Office of Jail Management and Penology of the defunct PC/INP last headed by  BRIG GEN Arsenio E. Concepcion.

As mandated by law,  the  BJMP shall operate under the reorganized  Department of  the  Interior  and  Local Government. 

Starting  from  scratch with  500 personnel in 1991 the BJMP weaned from its mother PC/INP as a mere component,  to become a full-fledge bureau.  Director Charles S. Mondejar  took his oath of office on July 1 of   1991 as  the first Chief  of  the Bureau. 

The Bureau of  Jail  Management  and  Penology supervises and controls all district, city and municipal jails.