Media coverage

Media coverage


Below is some of the media coverage of my work.

Open Prisons of Rajasthan Report, 2017

National coverage

Tihar’s ‘open jails’ don’t feel like prison, they help convicts reform“, Hindustan Times, April 22, 2018


Prison without bars: Why open prisons should be the norm?“, Financial Express, April 15, 2018


Open prisons are cheaper, better, says study“, Civil Society Online, April 15, 2018


Open prisons: Why India should move towards reforming its inmates“, Catch News, March 2, 2018


Will open prisons become a reality in India?“, DailyO, February 26, 2018


Change mindset, set up open jails, advises Supreme Court“, Times of India, December 20, 2017


Examine feasibility of open prisons in each district: Supreme Court“, Times of India, December 19, 2017


The open prisons of Rajasthan: Prisons expert and independent researcher Smita Chakraburtty explains why the model should be emulated across the country” [VIDEO INTERVIEW], The Wire, December 12, 2017


Convene meeting on feasibility of having open jails: SC to MHA“, Indian Express, December 12, 2017


Open Prisons: SC Asks Centre To Hold Meeting With All States To Study Rajasthan Model And Adopt Uniform Guidelines [Read Order]“, Live Law, December 12, 2017


SC tells states to consider setting up an open prison in each district“, Hindustan Times, December 12, 2017


Convene meeting on feasibility of having open jails: SC to MHA“, The Tribune, December 12, 2017


Bring down prison wall: Report“, The Telegraph, November 30, 2017


Open prisons an alternative to cramped jails: Study“, Times of India, November 28, 2017


Should Rajasthan’s Open Prisons Be Replicated Across the Country?“, The Wire, November 27, 2017


‘Open Prison Has The Potential To Eradicate Retributive Form Of Punishment’, Says Smita Chakraburtty, Activist And Champion Of Prison Reforms“, Live Law, September 21, 2017


Regional coverage

Rajasthan TV interviews on Open Prisons

  1. कोर्ट कचहरी : सुधारगृह से यातना गृह तक (Interview 1)
  2. कोर्ट कचहरी : सुधारगृह से यातना गृह तक (Interview 2)
  3. कोर्ट कचहरी : सुधारगृह से यातना गृह तक (Interview 3)
  4. कोर्ट कचहरी : सुधारगृह से यातना गृह तक (Interview 4)
  5. कोर्ट कचहरी : सुधारगृह से यातना गृह तक (Interview 5)
Prisons of Bihar Report, 2015

‘Prison inspection can open a can of worms’“, Frontline, January 8, 2016


Undertrials forced to work sans wages in Bihar, says survey“, Times of India, November 16, 2015


Many undertrials get chargesheet copy late: Survey“, Times of India, November 15, 2015


Prisoners in Bihar Jail devoid of legal, human rights“, United News of India, November 15, 2015


The sad plight of prisoners in Bihar“, The Hindu, November 9, 2015