Tihar prisoners ask govt to allow families to live in `open jail`

Prisoners in Tihar have urged the Delhi government to let their families live with them in an `open jail` system as has been allowed in many correctional facilities in other states.

Last Updated: Nov 02, 2010, 18:55 PM IST

New Delhi: Prisoners in Tihar have urged
the Delhi government to let their families live with them in
an `open jail` system as has been allowed in many
correctional facilities in other states.

Under the open jail system otherwise known as no-bars
prison, convicts live with their families, go out to work and
pay taxes for water and electricity.

"This facility has been attempted by many states. It
is a huge success in Rajasthan. It is for prisoners who the
authorities know are not high risk ones," Sunil Gupta,
spokesperson and law officer, Tihar Prisons, said.

Of the total 1,328 prisons in India, 27 have adopted
this system in states of Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Kerala,
Himachal Pradesh, Punjab among others.

Gupta said that 350 prisoners have written to the
Delhi Government requesting them to adopt the model of open
jail here too.

"There are no high walls or visible security. The
convict residents live with their families, cook their own
food, and have televisions, coolers, refrigerators and even their
own vehicles if they can afford it. But yes an eye is kept on
their activities," he said.

In their written request to the Delhi government,
the prisoners have asked the government to try the system in
the New Mandoli complex, or in Jail No 7.

PTI