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Proposal to allow prisoners to enjoy family life in Punjab

In a first for the country, Punjab police is mulling to allow jail inmates with proven records of good behaviour to stay with their family members within the prison complex for a couple of days. The main idea behind allowing prisoners to bring their family members in a separate area inside the jail is to promote and encourage good behaviour among inmates.

chandigarh Updated: Jun 08, 2012 18:27 IST

In a first for the country, Punjab police is mulling to allow jail inmates with proven records of good behaviour to stay with their family members within the prison complex for a couple of days.

"The main idea behind allowing prisoners to bring their family members in a separate area inside the jail is to promote and encourage good behaviour among inmates.

"Family members can stay with prisoners to discuss their various problems or other important matters," Punjab DGP (prisons) Shashi Kant said on Friday.

The DGP has sent this proposal to Punjab home department for its nod as part of jail reforms programme.

The proposal was mooted after the head of Punjab prisons held meetings with the prisoners during which they shared their family-related problems and matters with him.

Dubbing it as a "humanitarian" step, the DGP said that Punjab will be the first state in the country to allow such a facility for inmates.

"It is not possible for an inmate to discuss family problem in 'mulakat ghar'. Therefore, a separate place inside the jail but out of barracks will be allotted for them where they can cook their meal, stay for one or two days with them," he said.

However, Kant insisted that only those prisoners would be considered who had proven record of good conduct in jails.

"Only prisoners with proven and consistent good conduct for at least 3 to 5 years may be allowed to avail this facility," he said.

He added that the law department would frame rules and regulations in this regard.

There are 27 jails in the state with about 20,000 prisoners.