CM Hemant Soren to inspect all prisons in Jharkhand

Ranchi, June 18: For the first time, a chief minister of Jharkhand would inspect prisons.

On Friday, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren held a high-level review meeting with prison department officials and announced in a statement released by the Chief Minister’s Secretariat that he would personally inspect all 31 prisons. of the state and inquired about the state. sub-trials and facilities offered in prisons.

The main objective of the review meeting was to know the capacity of inmates in the prisons and the presence of inmates more than their capacity. The Chief Minister has collected detailed information on convicts and prisoners awaiting trial housed in state prisons. Along with this, many important instructions were given to the officers.

The chief minister said more prisoners are housed in state prisons than capacity. Of these, the maximum number of prisoners are those who have been sentenced to less than three years. Concrete steps should be taken in this direction, how the trial of the cases of these prisoners should be completed at the earliest in the courts.

The Chief Minister directed officers to take appropriate steps to provide free legal aid through lawyers to prisoners in the case of undertrials (especially those sentenced to less than three years). With this, the prison service should take concrete initiatives for legal action. Meanwhile, the officials said that through Jhalsa and Dlsa, continuous initiatives are being taken to execute the cases of prisoners on trial in the courts.

The Chief Minister asked the officers to provide more detailed information regarding the prisoners on trial, on which appropriate decisions can be made after discussing in detail during the meeting. The Chief Minister said the number of prisoners belonging to minorities as well as Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is high in state prisons. Most of these cases are pending. The Chief Minister said that cases related to prisoners belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes should be subject to special investigation.

Note that the total number of prisons in the state is 31. There are seven central prisons, 16 district prisons and seven Upkaras. The total capacity of these prisons is 17,421, while 19,619 prisoners are housed there. There are 14,445 defendants in these prisons, while the number of convicts is over 5,200.