SC constitutes committee to look into prison reforms

The Supreme Court on September 25 constituted a three-member committee to look into jail reforms.

The committee will be headed by apex court’s former judge Justice Amitava Roy to look into the aspect of jail reforms across the country and suggest measures to deal with them.

A bench headed by Justice M B Lokur said that the panel will look into the issues, including over-crowding, reformatory environment and basic facilities to prisoners.

The committee will also look into the various issues concerning women prisoners.

Government officials will also assist the committee and also submit a report before the apex court in a stipulated time frame.

The apex court bench was hearing a matter relating to inhuman conditions in 1,382 prisons across the country.

The SC had reserved its order on the issue of constituting a committee to deal with issues pertaining in Indian jails and suggest reforms for prisons across the country on Aug 27.