Category: Law & Policy

Supreme Court passes an Order asking state governments to establish open prisons

Supreme Court passes an Order asking state governments to establish open prisons

Today the Supreme Court passed another order (see the previous one) concerning open prisons. As part of its consideration of petition regarding inhuman conditions in Indian prisons, the Supreme Court addressed the issue of establishing open prisons, making it clear that open prisons are a viable solution to the problem.

NHRC takes cognizance of my Frontline article

NHRC takes cognizance of my Frontline article

Following the publication , the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of my Frontline article on the conditions of incarceration in Bihar prisons. In its press statement, NHRC said the following: The Commission has observed that although it is not oblivious of the ills plaguing the prison system in the country…

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Prisons of Bihar Status Report 2015

Prisons of Bihar Status Report 2015

Justice V.N. Sinha (rtd.), Executive Chairman of the Bihar State Legal Services Authority (BSLSA), commissioned me to inspect all the 58 prisons of Bihar. This entailed interacting with each and every prisoner (30,070 on record) and examining each ward of every prison. The inspections revealed inhuman conditions of incarceration and custodial violence and torture. BSLSA published…

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