Representative illustration / Artist: Vijesh Viswam.
Thrissur: Jails in Kerala are short-staffed and crowded. According to latest figures, the number of inmates in all prisons except three exceeds the maximum capacity by 30 to 100 per cent. The capacity and present occupancy in prisons are:
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Recently, the government ceased appointing ex-military officials as assistant prison officers. As a result 365 individuals were out of service. On the other hand, around 200 individuals who were appointed in the prison department quit.
The major reasons attributed to influx in prisons are:
- Spurt in POCSO (12 % of total cases) and drug smuggling(10% of total cases) cases
- Bail related complexities
- Delay in judicial process
- Low rate of remission
- Involvement of individuals from other states in crimes