SC seeks details of jails having over 150% occupancy


NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 27: The Supreme Court has asked the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) to look into the issue of overcrowding of prisons and furnish figures before it regarding the population in the jails where occupancy was over 150% as on December 31 last year. A 3-Judge Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur also asked an advocate, who is assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the matter, to look into the issue of rehabilitation and welfare of women prisoners as well as their children, including the aspect of education of such kids.
The Bench, which also comprised Justices Kurian Joseph and Deepak Gupta, asked NALSA Director Surinder S Rathi to ascertain through the member secretaries of the state legal services authorities, the number of vacant posts lying in major prisons in all states and Union Territories.
“For the time being, we request Surinder Rathi, Director, NALSA to look into the issue of overcrowding as highlighted by the amicus and furnish figures of the population in the jails where occupancy is more than 150% as on December 31, 2017,” the Bench said.
The apex Court said the issues related to standard operating procedure for Under Trial Review Committees (UTRCs) and responses received from states and Union Territories on open jails would be dealt by it on the next date of hearing on March 27. (PTI)