Low occupancy rate allows better facilities

The Telangana prisons department has yet another interesting distinction of having its prison cells considerably less crowded in comparison to the national average.

Published: 18th April 2019 03:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th April 2019 09:58 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: The Telangana prisons department has yet another interesting distinction of having its prison cells considerably less crowded in comparison to the national average. While States like Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have their jails overcrowded, the 49 prisons of varying capacity in the State are not crowded. 

As per the national crime records bureau ‘s (NCRB) report on prisons statistics India 2016, the occupancy ratio to the available space in the State is 88 per cent, leaving a considerable space free. The immediate advantage of this is the maintenance of better human-rights conditions. Nationwide, the average prison occupancy ratio is 113.7 per cent. Interestingly, the NCRB report highlighted that the State has a well-organised prisons department as there are inmates lodged in the sub-jails as well. There are 32 sub-jails in the State that has a capacity of thirty or fewer prisoners. 

But the Director General of Prisons Department VK Singh held that sub-jails should be closed and, instead, only district jails be maintained. 

“Currently, there are four to five persons in each of the sub-jails. It gets difficult for us to impart education and other personality development skills when the number of inmates are so less,” he observed.
Proposals to close five sub-jails and rent out prison cells to other States have been pending with the State government, he further added. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Hyderabad news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp