ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

PrisonsSubscribe to Prisons

Prisons and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The vulnerability of our criminal justice system stands exposed in the second COVID -19 wave.

Prisoners’ Right to Write: Why SC Rulings Should be Taken Seriously by Prison Authorities

This article discusses the legal jurisprudence and policies affecting a prisoner’s right to express and write, also highlighting how such a right in practice is being infringed as a casual practice of prison administration. The article stresses why writing should be a duly recognised right of the prisoner. Further, the article shows how the writings of prisoners have contributed to reforms in prison conditions in India.

Vocational Training in Indian Prisons

The vocational training programmes offered in Indian prisons with the intention of rehabilitating offenders are not only supposed to train prisoners in vocational knowledge and skills, but also strengthen their will to work, sense of self-help, and spirit of cooperation by having them work with others in a regulated environment. However, with the criminal justice system laying undue emphasis on the incarceration of criminals alone, the goals of reformation and rehabilitation of lawbreakers get undermined.

Isolated Lives

Disciplining Punishment: Colonialism and Convict Society in the Andaman Islands by Satadru Sen; OUP, 2000; pp 283 + x, Rs 595.
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