Five sub-jails in Telangana are all set to shut down, thanks to very low number of inmates housed in them.
The sub-jails in Armoor and Bodhan in Nizamabad, Narasampet and Parkal in Warangal, and Madhira in Khammam will soon be closed. There are 35 sub-jails in Telangana.
Director General (Prisons and Correctional Services) V K Singh was quoted by Outlook India saying that the number of prisoners have also reduced thanks to the reformation and rehabilitation measures undertaken by the Prisons department .
"By the end of this year, we intend to close three more sub-jails by reducing the number of prisoners," he said.
At present, there are 4,953 males and 395 females lodged across Telangana prisons as against 5,567 Males and 445 females in December 2014. “So far, the State has been depending on the police for the reduction in crime. I feel the prisons department can also play a better role in prevention and reduction of crime,” said VK Singh, Director General, TS Prisons and Correctional Services to the New Indian Express.
“Now we intend to reduce crime by 10 per cent every year and the target is to make it 50 per cent less over the next five years with the help of reformed prisoners, social activists and people. We also want to start a statewide awareness campaign for mutual resolution of disputes,” Singh told mediapersons.
A proposal by the state’s Prisons department to rent out its jails to other states to lodge their convicts on payment basis is pending with the state government, Singh added.