Open jails for convicts who have served their term
Jammu: In an effort to re-integrate prisoners with the society, the department of prisons plans to set up "open jails" in Jammu and Kashmir.
"If a prisoner is released from jail after a long duration, say for example after 20 years, he gets disconnected with the family and the society, so before he is released, there is need to reorient him with his friends and family," Director General Prisons Naveen Agarwal said.
"An open jail will be a set up where all this will be facilitated, that is reintegration into the mainstream," he said.
"We are working on it, actually we have identified an area for this. It is a part of our efforts to provide correctional measures for prisoners," Agarwal said.
Asked whether there are any legal issues involved in setting up the facility, he said, "There is a provision in law which permits it."
He, however, mentioned that the only concern about the project was that, how it would be implemented.
"We are working on the modalities and after that the proposal will be submitted to the government," he said.
About the costs involved in establishing such a facility, he said money was not an issue. "If the idea is right, the government has always been very supportive," he added.
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