KERALA

Prisons Act soon, says Kodiyeri

Lending an ear: Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court Justice S.R. Bannurmath and Executive Chairman of the Kerala State Legal Services Authority Justice Kurian Joseph listen to the complaints of the inmates of the open prison at Nettukaltheri at Neyyar Dam, near Thiruvananthapuram, on Tuesday. –

Lending an ear: Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court Justice S.R. Bannurmath and Executive Chairman of the Kerala State Legal Services Authority Justice Kurian Joseph listen to the complaints of the inmates of the open prison at Nettukaltheri at Neyyar Dam, near Thiruvananthapuram, on Tuesday. –   | Photo Credit: Photo: S. Mahinsha

Staff Reporter

NEYYAR DAM: Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said that the State will soon have its own prisons Act.

Presiding over a function organised at the open prison at Nettukaltheri near here on Tuesday in connection with the inauguration of an office building and a free legal aid clinic, the Minister said the draft of the Kerala Prisons and Corrective Services Act was ready. The Travancore Cochin Prisons Act and the Central Act are in force in the State now.

He said the government had recommended the premature release of 200 prisons in the State who had served 10 years of their sentence. “The report has been forwarded to the Governor for his clearance,” he said.

Pointing out that all prisons in the State together can house only 4,309 prisoners, the Minister said there are 6,950 persons in the prisons in the State. The State has submitted a Rs.536-crore project to the Centre for the modernisation of prisons. A high-security prison that can house 200 persons and a court is to be set up at Tavanur in Malappuram district.

The Minister lauded the Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court Justice S. R. Bannurmath for initiating steps to bring the courts closer to the people.

The Chief Justice visiting the prison and inaugurating a function is a history in the State, he added.

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