2 lakh 45 thousand 2 hundred forty four Indian prisoners are under trials
1336 prisons across India
Total capacity to house prisoners: 2,63,911 prisoners
Some statistics from NCRB 2006
Statistics revealed by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in 2006. That our prisons are overflowing is well known ( 1336 prisons across India house a total population of 3,73,271 prisoners as against a stipulated capacity of 2,63,911 prisoners). But what is not so well known is the nature of the inhabitants of these prisons. Some 67% of India’s prisoners are under trials, individuals as yet not held to be guilty by any Court of law. With our legal system having a presumption of innocence, we effectively spend 70% of our prison-space and resources for prison maintenance and development on innocents. The NCRB data reveals that 2, 45,244 of Indian prisoners are under trials. These under trials languish in jail due to inadequate legal aid, unsympathetic judges, a bail-system linked inextricably to property & financial wellbeing and a general lack of awareness about rights of arrestees. The single largest tragedy is the continued detention of individuals accused of bailable offences, where bail is a matter of right.
Judicial Trend - few examples