Break fast to the prisoners

Varieties of Break fast to the prisoners

Government is pleased to sanction issue of different varieties of breakfast on all days of the week instead of uppittu everyday. The quantity of breakfast to be issued is increased from 180 grams to 250 grams. The details of different varieties of breakfast issued daily is as follows:-

Monday - Uppittu

Tuesday - Avalakki ( Beaten Rice)

Wednesday-Chitranna ( Lime Rice)

Thursday-Vegetable Palav

Friday-Uppittu

Saturday-Avalakki

Sunday-Puliyogare (Tamarind Rice)

Telephone Facility to the inmates of all Central Prisons

Another first, Telephone facility for the inmates has been provided to the inmates at Central Prison, Bangalore, Mysore, Belgaum, Bellary, Bijapur, Gulbarga. Now prisoners may communicate to their kith and kin, friends and advocates, through the telephone booths advisors once in a week for five minutes.

VCTC center at Central Prison, Bangalore :

The HIV/AIDS epidemic in shifting its epicenter towards prisons gradually. The Anonymous Surveillance report discloses nearly 6to 7% of the prison population are semantically affected by HIV infections, with the virus moving beyond prison premises with high risk behaviour to the general population. The National Aids Control Programme(NACP II) which is started in 1997 focusing on the targeted interventions(TIS) for marginalized vulnerable groups as one of its component was initiated to prevent further spread of the epidemic.

HIV/AIDS infection is one of the most serious public health problem. Awareness among the prison staff and prisoners is most essential in the present scenario. This epidemic throwing threat to the health and lives in particular and it is likely to undermine the overall socio-economic development due to high prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Diseases(STDs). There are different types of epidemic with low, medium and high prevalence distributed in different prisons. There is a need to utilize prevailing window opportunity to prevent HIV infection and to strengthen targeted interventions rigously.

The Karnataka AIDS Prevention Society, Karnataka Health Promotion Trust and some of the NGO’s like Samraksha, Karnataka Network for people living with HIV/AIDS, Coustella Future Group, are motivating with its several programmes to prevent and treat the epidemic patients. Simultaneously creating awareness among the public is of their prime objective.

HIV/AIDS is a major challenge in prisons. The dream of Karnataka Prisons Department was realized on 2.7.2007 when a Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centre (VCTC) was inaugurated at the prison hospital at Central Prison, Parappana Agrahara, Bangalore. The VC/TC is complete with all equipments, viz., testing kits, Refrigerator,Centrifuge, a counselor and a lab technician, courtesy by Karnataka State AIDS Prevention Society (KSAPS), Bangalore. As on 30.9.2007, as many as 854 prisoners have been tested for HIV and 27 males and 5 females have been found to be HIV+ve (3.74%)

Free Tooth Powder and Bathing Soaps to the Prisoners:

In order to ensure greater dental and general hygiene of prisoners, the Government of Karnataka is pleased to sanction issue of tooth powder and bathing soap to the prisoners at Government cost. The Government order has been issued on 5.9.2007, as per which, each prisoner is entitled to receive 50 grams of toothpowder at the cost of Rs12 per month and 150 grams of bathing soap at the cost of Rs 17 per month. The expenditure per year works out to Rs.43, 05,108.00

Introduction of Petition Boxes at various prisons in Karnataka :

Prisoners have been provided an opportunity to put forth their grievances in grievance boxes at various jails in Karnataka in co-ordination of the Karnataka Legal Services Authority.

Establishment of Water Purifier Unit In Central Prison

Establishments of Purified Drinking Water Unit has been started in Central Prison Bangalore..

Reformation and Rehabilitation of Prisoners:

For the first time in the Department, A One day inter-departmental seminar on ‘Correction, Reformation and Rehabilitation of Prisoners’ was organized on 28.9.2006 at Bangalore. Representatives of Karnataka State Legal Services Authority, RDPR, Woman and Child Welfare Department, SC/ST, Minorities and Backward Class and Community Development Corporation, Department of Prosecution and Government Litigation, Department of Mass Education, Health and Family Welfare Department, Police Department, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital, Officers of Prisons Department, Karnataka Rural Water, Supply and Sanitation Agency, Advocates, NGO’s, Chair Person, Karnataka State Council for Child Welfare and Chair Person, Human Rights Law Network, participated and shared their views on various subjects.

Rehabilitation of released inmates :

Karnataka State Government was pleased to order for premature release of 309 well behaved convict prisoners on the occasion of Suvarna Karnataka on 15.8.2006. Out of the 309 prisoners,251 prisoners have been identified by the SC & ST Development Corporation Ltd, Backward Classes Development Corporation Ltd and Minority Development Corporation Limited for granting them the financial assistances under different schemes and facilitate them to be economically self reliant in their post released life. Out of the 251 prisoners, 106prisoners have been sanctioned loans amounting to Rs.22,73,455.00 as detailed below:

Lok Adalath camps at Prisons

With a view to provide quick justice and relief to the undertrial prisoners in the jails Lok Adalath Camps are being organized in coordination with the judiciary to dispose of the petty cases. During the year under 107 cases of the prisoners have been disposed and released 22 prisoners.

Special Facilities to Women Prisoners and Children along with them

Hon’ble Supreme Court of India while disposing of Writ Petition(Civil) 559/94 RD Upadhaya vs Andra Pradesh Government and others has given remarkable judgment in treatment of women prisoners and children along with them. As per the guidelines issued by the Hon’ble Supreme Court, Government of Karnataka has amended Rule 86 of Karnataka Prison Rules 1974 and incorporated detailed instructions for providing of diet, clothing to the children of age group 0-3 years and 3-6 years and also special diet and extra clothing to the pregnant and lactating women prisoners. Diet and clothing articles for the children of age group 0- 6 years viz., Stainless Steel Glass, Stainless Steel Bowl with covering plate, Stainless Steel Plate, Stainless Steel Spoons, Stainless milk feeding spoon, 500 ml water container with lid , cotton nappy pads, sweater with socks, rubber sheet, washable children bed, mosquito net, baby powder, brush, soap, toys etc.,.

Establishment of Crèches and Nurseries in the prison premises:

Crèches and Nurseries were established in all the jails of state for the children.

Reduction in Parole Security Deposit amount:

In order to ensure that the underprivileged and marginalized do not face financial constraints in offering surety and bail for paroles, proposals have been submitted to the Government to relax parole provisions by making it one surety and Rs.1,000/- instead of two sureties and Rs.3,000/- prevailing at present.

Multi Point Video Conferencing System:

Multipoint Video Conferencing System, is one of the new initiative in the country, was installed at the City Court Complex, Bangalore This facility will connect Trial Courts not only with Central Prison, Bangalore but also 4 more locations outside Bangalore where Video Conferencing facility exists, so that if accused persons in a criminal case are spread out in different Prisons outside Bangalore, it will be possible to try the cases through Video Conferencing without physical production.

Alcohol and Narcotic Drugs de-addiction

Alcohol and Narcotic Drugs de-addiction programmes have organised at Central Prison, Bangalore and Mysore for the benefit of prison inmates in association with Narcotic Anonymous World Services.

Eco-friendly Toilets:

In order overcome shortage of the problem of urinals and latrines at Central Prison, Bangalore owing to overcrowding, Prisons Department under the aegis of UNICEF and RDPR with sharing grants of Rs.2.00 lakh and 3.20 lakh respectively has constructed 27 eco friendly Urinals and 27 eco friendly Latrines. Prisoners under the supervision of engineers from RDPR constructed these toilets.

Video Conferencing

Karnataka is one of the pioneers to introduce production of UTPs through the Video Conferencing System (VCS), presently installed at 7 Central Jails , 13 District Prisons, 4 District Sub Jails and 3 Sub Jails linked with various courts of the State. As many as 45698 UTPs have been produced before the courts through the Video Conferencing System as at March 2013, effecting a saving of Rs.85,22,882 /- to the State Exchequer. The Video Conferencing System is to dispense with the need of physically producing the under -trials in courts for adjournments and/ or extension of their judicial remand.

Mental Health Care in Prisons:

A study titled Mental Health Care in Prisons has been undertaken for the first time in India , at central prison , Bangalore .

The study has been funded by the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority and conducted by experts from NIMHANS. The study will pave the way for training of prison personnel.

To asses the Mental Health morbidity of prisoners

Mental health training for the prison staff in early identification and treatment of mental health.

Stage 2: To standardize the screening instrument for mental health in prisons.

Analysis of Results

To develop minimum guidelines for mental health care of the prisoners.

Outcome:

To raise awareness among the prison staff regarding mental health and mental illnesses so that appropriate steps can be initiated towards the care of mentally ill prisoners.

Decrease in the time lag period in identification and treatment offered for the mentally ill prisoners.

Mainstreaming of mental health care of the inmates of the prison along with the general health care.

Establishment of network of local professionals and NGOs to cater to the needs of mental health care within the prison.

Guidelines developed will set a bench mark in the care of mentally ill inmates of all the prison across the country.

The study taken up by the team of doctors of Nimhans submitted report to Karnataka Prisons Department on 14.01.2011.

Dental Clinic at Central Prison:

Two dental chairs installed at the Hospital at Central Prison, Bangalore in order to facilitate dental treatment of inmates of the prison at the prison hospital instead of sending them to the Government Dental Hospital.

Workshop on Juvenile Justice Act:

In order to sentisize the officers and staff of the prison department regarding the provisions of Juvenile Justice Act a one day workshop was organized by involving officers of the prison department and other stake holders viz., Department of Women and Child Development, Police, Judiciary, Judicial Justice Board, Child Activists, NGO and CHRI and the workshop was inaugurated by Executive Chairman Karnataka State Legal Services Authority and Judge , High Court of Karnataka.

Refurbishing of Wheel Chairs :

Provision Asia an NGO has tied up with Karnataka Prison Department and the wheel chairs received from USA are sent to Central Prison, Bangalore. The inmates at Central Prison refurbish the wheel chairs, who are specially trained by a team from USA, at the prison work shed and later distributed to the deserving physically challenged people. All the required tools and accessories are provided by the provision Asia apart from paying wages for their labour. An Mou to this effect has been entered into between the prison department, Karnataka and provision Asia. Among the countries to which wheel chairs are sent from USA, it is only in USA, Poland and India( Bangalore) where the job of refurbishing the wheel chairs is done in a prison establishment.

Prisons News Letter:

We have started the monthly Karnataka Prisons News Letter, since October 2004, with a wide circulation. Among others, the aims of this News Letter are to bring in transparency in the prison administration inform the Society of our endeavours, activities and successes and also to appeal to the Cross-section of people to come forward and involve themselves in the process of reformation and rehabilitation of the prison inmates for a better life in future. The underlying objective is to impress upon the people the Gandhian Philosophy of ‘hate the sin and not the sinner’. Prison inmates are encouraged to contribute their articles/poems for this News Letter. The task is uphill but there is no let up in our determination to take a small humble step towards the bigger goals.

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