[Media] Prison without bars: Why open prisons should be the norm?

[Media] Prison without bars: Why open prisons should be the norm?

The Financial Express published a long read on open prisons outlining the arguments why they should be the norm and closed prisons – the exception. Here’s the preview:

Clearly, the mindset in society is to eliminate criminals, not crime. And this is where open prisons can catalyse a change. An open prison, if defined, has relatively less stringent rules as compared to controlled jails. They go by many names such as ‘minimum-security prison’, ‘open-air camps’, etc.

Chakraburtty rebuts the view held by Gupta and others like him. She believes that inmates in closed prisons have already spent so much time in jail that, if and when set free, they would hold their freedom very dear and, hence, wouldn’t indulge in any form of violence or miscreant activities outside. “They maintain a good track record inside the prison, so that they can be transferred to the open prison. They know that any form of deviation from the required behaviour would land them back behind bars,” she explains.

Read the full article here.