Madhya Pradesh has the third highest number of jail inmates suffering from mental illness, according to Prison Statistics India-2015.
There are 453 people lodged in different jails of the state with mental illness. With 781, Uttar Pradesh topped the list followed by Odisha with 554, showed the statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau.
Besides, the report said Madhya Pradesh has the second highest number of 38,458 jail inmates, including 1,322 females. Uttar Pradesh has the highest number with 88,747.
Madhya Pradesh has 122 jails -- 11 central jails, 39 district jails and 72 sub-jails.
Out of the total 38,458 inmates in Madhya Pradesh, 17,058 are convicts while 21,300 are under-trials.
According to the NCRB report, the state has the second highest - 11,207 – jail inmates who are convicted in murder cases. This is 15.7% of the total 70,827 murder convicts in the country.
Madhya Pradesh also has the second highest number of convicts for rape and kidnapping with figures of 1,428 and 424 respectively while the state topped the list of number of convicts for robbery with 400.
The state stood second in prisoner occupancy rate with 140 prisoners staying in jails against authorized capacity for 100 inmates. Dadra and Nagar Haveli has the highest occupancy rate of 277, stated the report.
The report further stated that in Madhya Pradesh, 131 jail inmates died of natural causes while four by committing suicide.
Sanjay Pandey, deputy inspector general (jail) told HT that they have plans to improve condition of inmates by opening new jails in the state.
“Construction of new jails at Anuppur, Shivpuri and Bhind districts and one sub-jail at Burar town in Shahdol district has been completed. These would increase the capacity by 1,000 which would help in lowering prisoner occupancy rate,” said Pandey.