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Overcrowding to unnatural deaths: 10 takeaways about Delhi’s jails

india Updated: Oct 22, 2016 08:42 IST
Dhrubo Jyoti
Dhrubo Jyoti
Hindustan Times
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Delhi has the third-most crowded prisons, with a jail occupancy rate of 226%. (Arvind Yadav/HT File Photo)

Prisons data by the National Crime Records Bureau for 2015 showed massive overcrowding in Indian jails and Delhi was the third most crowded, with a jail occupancy rate of 226%. Here are 10 takeaways about the national Capital’s jails:

1) Delhi spends Rs 73,543 per prisoner every year, the second highest in India.

2) The Capital also has the highest medical expenses in prisons – Rs 26.71 crores in 2015.

3) Third-most overcrowded jails in India. Occupancy rate in the Capital’s 10 jails is 227%.

4) Delhi’s budget for jails decreased by 5.8% in 2015 over last year, a contrast from the national average increase of 20% over the same period.

5) Delhi jails only have half of their sanctioned staff. This is below the national average of 66.1%

6) Delhi recorded the second-highest number of unnatural deaths inside prisons, 15, last year, behind Uttar Pradesh.

7) Delhi has the second-highest gross value of sale proceeds earned by the jail inmates, Rs 31 crores, behind Tamil Nadu.

8) 42.5% of Delhi’s 14,183 prisoners are serving life terms, the highest share of sentences among inmates in the capital.

9) 63.8% of all prisoners in the Capital are either illiterate or dropped out of school before Class 10.

10) Slightly more than 46% of Delhi’s prison population is scheduled caste, scheduled tribe or other backward classes – this is lower than the national average of approximately two in every three prison inmate.

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