Prisoners who create trouble inside jail premises will soon find it difficult to get parole or furlough, if a proposed amendment to the state prisons manual is approved by the state law and judiciary committee.
A senior jail official said that the work on the amendment of the state prisons manual – which has been in operation since 1979 – according to the instructions of the central government is almost complete.
“As several clauses in the manual were found to be outdated, the Centre had asked the state to make it at par with the central prisons manual a year ago,” said a senior official, requesting anonymity.
“The amended manual will have stricter conditions for granting parole or furlough to prisoners,” he said.
If a prisoner has been involved in beating up another prisoner or jail staff, he will have to forfeit a certain duration of his parole period. Also, those with prior criminal records will find it tough to get parole.
They also propose to scrap the rule that allows the jail superintendents to classify prisoners. “Earlier, a superintendent would classify prisoners as class 1 and class 2, depending on the offence they have committed.”
The class 1 prisoners, mostly political prisoners, got better facilities like a cot to sleep on, while the second class was asked to sleep on the floor.
“While the current superintendents do not classify prisoners, we have proposed that the provision be scrapped to avoid its misuse,” the official said.
Certain amendments have also been made to the rules governing open prisons in the state and the necessary educational qualification for jail staff. “We will present the amended manual before the state home ministry, which will send it to the law and judiciary department,” he said.