Maharashtra Government Ordered Prisoners to Return Back

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MAHARASHTRA: On Friday, the Maharashtra government gives orders to the Prisoners to return back who had been released during the Covid-19.  More than 400 prison inmates who had been released will now have to return to prisons within 15 days, said an order by the Maharashtra home department.

A jail official said that from April 1, 2022, all restrictions pertaining to Covid-19 have been revoked, including the order to release prison inmates to prevent overcrowding in jails – a decision that was taken to prevent further spread of the virus. “The change in protocol will be communicated to the prisoners who will be given two weeks to return to jails and complete the rest of their sentence,” an official said.

A prison official, however, said that prisons are currently overcrowded and that asking prisoners to return will make matters difficult for prison authorities due to a lack of space.

In March 2020, the Supreme Court had asked the state governments to set up high-power committees to examine measures for immediate decongestion of jails in view of an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases. As per the guidelines, the Maharashtra government had set up a committee for the release of inmates under parole and furlough.

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