[The Wire] Emulating Rajasthan’s Open Jails Model Could Ease Overcrowding in Indian Prisons

[The Wire] Emulating Rajasthan’s Open Jails Model Could Ease Overcrowding in Indian Prisons

The Wire published my article on open prisons. Here’s the preview:

In an ongoing case, the Supreme Court is likely to consider the feedback of various states and union territories on the standard of living in 1,382 prisons across the country, with regard to two key issues – overcrowding and unnatural deaths.

The case has been heard since 2014 by a bench presided by Justice Madan B. Lokur after a letter by former Chief Justice of India R.C. Lahoti was converted into a PIL on the issue. It is an instance of the court’s activism to ensure justice for the prisoners, in the absence of any initiative by the central and state governments to take timely remedial steps to alleviate their suffering.

Read the full article here