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    Petition against inhuman conditions in 1,382 prisons across India

    Date : 28/07/2017

    Re- Inhuman Conditions in 1382 prisons vs. Director General of Prisons, State of Andhra Pradesh & Ors., WP(C) 406/ 2013 in the Supreme Court of India

    An Intervention Application was filed in the Supreme Court on behalf of the ‘National Forum for Prison Reforms’, in an ongoing case being heard by the Supreme Court on the conditions prevailing in 1382 prisons in the country, and the ways and means to improve the same. In the IA filed in the matter, it is suggested that the legal aid services across the country be improved. For the same, the applicants have annexed a table wherein the services offered by Delhi Legal Service Authority (DLSA) have been documented, with regard to the legal aid lawyers fee, and the schemes of DLSA at every stage of the trial which is being offered to the undertrial prisoners, along with the relevant judgements. The table gives details of the current legal aid practices in Delhi and whether the same can be extended to other parts in the country, as well as suggestions
    of documenting best practices on legal aid prevalent across the various States with the help of NALSA.
    Further, the various sections under which undertrial prisoners in custody could be released on bail enmasse were also submitted for the court’s consideration.
    As per the initial observations, the Court has asked National Legal Service Authority (NALSA) to work with the petitioners on improving the legal aid services in the country.
    – Another Intervention Application was filed in the Supreme Court on the issue of Unnatural deaths in prisons. The Supreme Court after hearing the Applicant, i.e. the National Forum for Prison Reforms passed a slew of directions on 15 th Sept. 2017.

    Please find the Supreme Court Judgment and preceding orders attached below.

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