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Ghetto Around The Globe: Hip-Hop Prisoner Reform

July 2, 2008

When I first saw these videos, I thought, “Wow, they’ve really got these inmates organized.  They’re not fighting.  They are working together.” and last but not least, “Is this for real!??”

Yes, it’s for real.

Prisoners at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, in Cebu, Philippines, are organized to promote and perform “fitness” and “musical theatre” routines as phys. ed.

It is an interesting approach to rehabilitation, to say the least.

I don’t know if it’s government PR or anything, but this is a high security prison.

Below are my three top fave videos of the inmates and the songs they perform, too.

In the first one, the prisoners perform to Micheal Jackson’s Thriller.  And, even the young “damsel in distress” is an inmate in drag.  Kinda funny, but effective.

This next video has the inmates performing to Soulja Boy and M.C. Hammer.  It’s really neat to see this and I actually think some of these guys may have a back-up dancer job in their future.

This last one is dated June 28, 2008.  The “freshest” video available for the inmates.  They jam it out to Flo Rida’s “Low”  Looks like some of the lead dancing inmates have changed.  I hope they go home and don’t come back.  You know what I mean.

From The YouTube Channel Source:

CPDRC inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, Cebu, Philippines at practice!

Some people really can’t believe that this prison dance actually is happening and it has proven to be an effective tool for transforming extremely negative people into positive individuals. Because they cant understand that, they seek their only refuge which is influencing viewers that what we are doing is wrong.

They desperately even go to the extent of spreading nasty lies about “forcing” inmates to dance and inmates are “beaten” if they don’t participate in the jail’s “physical fitness program” Some producers of documentaries even slant their stories just to be controversial and make a fast buck. The sad thing is that some viewers are so naive and cant rationalized the producers biases and being one sided.

Some even suggest that these prisones don’t deserve this humane method coz they feel there is too much recreation and inmates are to be treated severely.

There are also sick people who think that dancing is a form of cruel punishment! Since when was dancing categorized as punishment? My fellow citizens of the world, CRUEL and VIOLENT forms of punishment are a thing of the past.

If we make jails a living hell for the prisoners, then, we might just be sending out devils once they are released and re-integrated to society. To all “non-believers” of humane treatment of prisoners, and , to all “haters” of our NON-VIOLENT APPROACH TO REHABILITATION all i can say is …GET A LIFE!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. January 10, 2009 4:33 am

    everybody appreciates a well planned party… with synchronized dancing of course

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