The Delhi government has granted in-principle approval to Tihar Jail authorities's proposal to unveil a semi-open prison (SOP) to reform convicts, reward their good conduct and prepare them for re-integration into life outside, on their release.
The facility, to be set up at one of the nine sub-jails spread across 400 acres of the Tihar Jail campus in west Delhi, would allow its inmates - only male convicts, for now - to step outside their barracks and earn daily wages.
HT had first reported about the SOP proposal on June 19. "Convicts can work on PWD/horticulture/contract projects inside the jail complex. They can also be employed at the Tihar Haat and hut that sell products made by the convicts under TJ's brand," said Director General (Prisons) Neeraj Kumar.
A committee led by the DIG (Prisons) will select convicts for admission into the SOP.