In order to give a fillip to the welfare of prisoners, a decision was taken in 2010
to observe Prisoners Welfare Week from Gandhi Jayanti. During this period, extensive
and intensive programmes are organized in all prisons of the state every year. Special
attention is paid to providing legal aid, medical check up and treatment, spiritual
and moral counseling, games and sports besides cultural activities .
These programmes are organized with the assistance of various non-governmental organizations
besides the judicial and other government departments
In view of the large number of illiterate prisoners in jails, a literacy campaign
has been launched in the Central and District Jails in July, 2011. The campaign
seeks to ensure that no prisoner who spends a month in jail is illiterate. Prisoner
volunteers undertake the task of teaching the illiterate prisoners. Reading and
writing material is being provided by NGOs and other donors.
Over 1500 prisoners are being covered by this programme at present.
Making a prisoner a productive member of society is necessary for his reform and
rehabilitation. The prisons in the state have nearly 7000 convicted prisoners who
need to be trained and provided employment opportunities in jails so that they are
able to earn wages to support their families. This strengthens family ties and restrains
him from sliding back into crime.
In some of the prisons, private businesses and NGOs have become our partners in
helping prisoners learn to earn their livelihood. These partners provide raw material,
training, wages to prisoners and in turn receive the finished products. The jail
authorities provide volunteer disciplined prisoners and work space.