Bihar: Govt mulling intro of open jail system

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Patna, Aug 8: Enthused with the positive results of changes made to improve the quality of life inside prisons, the Bihar government is contemplating introducing an open jail system.

Official sources said here today that the government was likely to introduce the system in the Buxar jail on an experimental basis.

Once it brings results it would be implemented all over the state.

Sources said the system would inspire convicts to maintain good conduct. They would be allowed to enjoy a little freedom as they can spend some quality time with their families.

The prisoners would also be allowed to undergo some vocational training which would help them in acquiring economic self-dependence.

The open jail system, likley to become a reality by October, would have about 100 prisoners, sources said, adding the capacity would be enhanced later.

Sources said inmates originally belonging to Bihar with a commendable performance and regular in completing the task assigned to them would be kept in the open jail.Those who had served at least one half of their term and at least ten years in case of lifer would also benefit, they added.

Prisoners convicted by court martial, under explosive act, NDPS act, National Security Act, for rape, murder, kidnapping, crimes against state, terrorist activities, killing of public servants, professional killers, or those who escaped or had attempted to escape besides, habitual offenders would not get the benefit.

The sources further said the advisory commitee headed by the Jail IG would select the prisoners on the recomendations of the jail superintendents.

Adequate number of security personnel would be deployed in these jails to keep a watch on the activities of the inmates and their family members as well as visitors. The details of inmates living in the open jail would be sent to the nearest police station for security reasons.


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