Jails in Kerala too overcrowded, says reports


VB Unnithan

Alappuzha: Ths Supreme Court order saying “prisoners cannot be kept in jail like animals” will also cover Kerala too. It is reported that the 1300 overcrowded jails listed by Supreme Court includes 52 jails in Kerala.

Kerala has 3 central jails, 11 district jails, 15 special sub-jails, four women jail, two open jails and one borstal school. A total of 8140 prisoners are in these prisons.

At present, these prisons in Kerala have facilities to accommodate 6217 prisoners including 5840 men and 377 women. That mean 1923 extra inmates are in the prisons. This data also shows 253 inmates who are on parole and 22 produced in court. Sometimes, the number of prisoners go up to 8500 when accused who are remanded in cases are brought here.

A prisoner need an accommodation of 3.72 square feet in jail. But due to the overcrowding, at least one square feet is not provided to inmates.

Overcrowding lead to various problems in jails. Compared to other jails, women jails and opens jails have less number of inmates.

Though 1923 inmates are overcrowded at the prisons in state, government is not taking any action to open new prisons.

A district jail at Muttam in Thodupuzha and state’s first high security prison at Viyyur were inaugurated. The government has spent Rs 36 crore to open high security person at Viyyur. But no action was taken to shift prisoners to the new prisons.

Two new prisons are also constructed at Malampuzha and Malappuram but not opened yet. These prisons can accommodate over 750 prisoners.

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