JK to have its first Open Jail

150 kanal of land acquired at Mishriwalla Jammu


Jammu,Nov 30: The Jammu and Kashmir state would soon have an open prison facility where some convicts would be able to live a life akin to a freeman as they can step out of the prison, go to work outside and live with their families.
Sources in the Prisons Department informed Greater Kashmir that the first of its kind prison the Open Reformation and Rehabilitation Center (ORRC) - has been proposed to be established at Mishriwala Jammu.
Aiming to provide a better environment to prisoners, the proposed ORRC would help them use their skills and hone these to prepare themselves to face the outside world after they are set free.
“More than 150 Kanals of land has already been acquired at Mishriwalla area of Tehsil Jammu and   fenced. Along with an ORRC an Institute of Correctional Services will also be established at the identified land” they said.
They said that the ORRC would have an accommodation capacity for around 100 inmates. “The prisoners serving long term sentences lodged in various  jails of state with few years left will be shifted to ORRC and provided an opportunity to live a normal life” sources said.
A long term prisoner remains cut off from outside world and unaware of the social changes taking place during that period, would be given the opportunity to serve last years in the ORRC to prepare himself to face the world after his release.  “Such prisoner needs a better environment, so that he get connected with society and also mix  up with outside world” sources said, adding that  this is the fundamental concept behind the establishment of ORRC as such a facility can not be provided inside a conventional jail.
They said that in the Institute of Correctional Services, training would be imparted to the jail staff, so that they could train the inmates in various skills.
“At ICS, the jail staff will be imparted  training to inculcate a feeling of repentance among the jail inmate so that think for changing their ways and do not repeat their act after serving the jail term,” sources said.
 They said that the inmates of ORRC would be given opportunity to venture outside and apply for some jobs. “The inmates who will be shifted to ORRC shall have to report everyday in the Center but he will be allowed to venture freely outside the ORRC. His family members will also be allowed to stay with the inmate” sources said.
However, they said that the authorities are undecided over the measures to minimize the possibility of the escape of a jail mate, even as the suggestion of fitting a tracker chip to such prisoners was being considered, adding that the ORRC would provide a relief for hundreds of prisoners left with a few years term to prepare themselves for the new phase of life.
They said the Institute of Correctional Services would be opened that in the first phase followed by the establishment of ORRC for which the Detailed Project Report was being finalized.
Director General of Prisons Naveen Aggarwal said that the Institute of Correctional Services was likely to start by March 2013, while the ORRC would be set up in coming years.
“The land has been fenced at Mishriwalla area while a DPR is being finalized, which is likely to be submitted before government in the days to come” he said, adding that once the government would approve the DPR, the work would be started.
He said that a jail inmate serving life term, remained cut off from the society and he find it difficult to adjust again. Around one or two years before the expiry of his term, an inmate will be shifted to ORRC and will be given opportunity, to reform and rehabilitate in the society.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 1 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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