Special de-radicalization sessions to be held in prisons with the help of correctional and behavioral experts
Prisoners who propagate radical ideology will be kept in separate barracks away from other prisoners
New Delhi. As a major step to reform the prisoners in the jail, the government has started the De-Radicalisation scheme. According to a report in Indian Express, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked all DG Prisons in all states and union territories to focus on conducting regular special de-radicalization sessions with the help of correctional and behavioral experts in all jails so that The mindset of misguided people can be changed. In this regard, Deputy Secretary Arun Sobti said in a letter that the jail administration will have to ensure that prisoners who propagate the ideology of radicalism are kept in separate enclosures away from other prisoners.
He also said that the jail administration should also ensure that the prisoners who are in custody for crimes related to narcotics and drug trafficking etc., also need to be kept separately. Sobti said in his letter that video conferencing facility has been made available in 3,240 court complexes. In the letter, the jail authorities have been requested to make special efforts to use the video conferencing facility.
77% undertrials in Indian jails
According to 2021 NCRB data, 77% of the Indian prison population were undertrials, while only 22% were convicts, with almost half of the undertrial inmates being in jail for more than 2 years. Out of 5,54,000 prisoners, 4,27,000 were awaiting trial, of whom 24,033 undertrials were already in jail for three to five years.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 12, 2023, 10:18 IST