Course for Probation Officers at Academy of Prison and Correctional Administration

In order to prevent those who are imprisoned for committing small offences from mixing with hardcore criminals in the jails, police need to speed up investigation, State Information Commissioner S.F.Akbar said.

Delivering the address at the inauguration function of basic course for Probation Officers held at the Academy of Prison and Correctional Administration (APCA) here on Tuesday, Mr. Akbar said that people who are lodged in prisons for committing small offences should be transformed and made useful citizens of society by the time they are released. Lodging them in prison without speeding up investigation could be counter productive, he said.

‘No intention for crime’

“Offenders do not always commit offences with an intention to commit offence. There are ‘by-chance’ offenders who can be distinguished from ‘by-choice’ offenders who constitute only negligible percentage of total population of prisoners. ‘By-chance’ offenders who constitute major part of the prisoners could always be corrected, Mr.Akbar said.

“An element of humanity is always there in every criminal. The treatment meted out to them while undergoing imprisonment should not eliminate whatever humanity is left in them. All of us should ensure that only the element of criminality in offenders removed during their imprisonment, not their humanity,” he added.

Mr.Akbar also insisted that prison officers should be vigilant and innovative. Those imprisoned should be called inmates of prison instead of ‘prisoners’ to protect them from stigmatization.

He also said committing offence is an ailment and it should be treated like an ailment is treated.

Director of APCA M.R.Ahmed delivered welcome address. Deputy Director A.Badarudeen proposed vote of thanks.


  • “People who are lodged in prisons for committing small offences should be transformed”

  • “An element of humanity is always there in every criminal”


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