Pandemic and Prison System: An Exploration of Plight of Prisoners

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Journal Title: Journal of Legal Studies & Research
Author(s): Padmaja Priyadarshani Panda, Debesh Kumar Jena, Snehasis Behera, Subhankari Mohanty & Saurav Rautray
Published On: 29/04/2022
Volume: 8
Issue: 2
First Page: 294
Last Page: 316
ISSN: 2455-2437
Publisher: The Law Brigade Publisher

DOI: doi.org/10.55662/JLSR.2022.8203

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Padmaja Priyadarshani Panda, Debesh Kumar Jena, Snehasis Behera, Subhankari Mohanty & Saurav Rautray, Pandemic and Prison System: An Exploration of Plight of Prisoners, Volume 8 Issue 2, Journal of Legal Studies & Research, 294-316, Published on 29/04/2022, doi.org/10.55662/JLSR.2022.8203 Available at https://jlsr.thelawbrigade.com/article/pandemic-and-prison-system-an-exploration-of-plight-of-prisoners/

Abstract

This research work starts with the definition of prison and a brief history of the prison reform. Prison is a place where the offenders are kept due to the wrong they have done to society. The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated the possibility of contamination of COVID-19 and deteriorated the mental well-being of inmates. Studies directed since the epidemic of COVID-19 have uncovered increased tension, feeling more restless because of stresses connecting with them or a friend or family member contracting coronavirus, and bothered side effects of existing psychological sickness pandemic have somehow or the other affected the prisoners and the prison reforms. Next, the research paper discusses various rights of the prisoners and how are they being violated during the pandemic for example The basic rights which every pre-trial, under trial, and convicted prisoner are guaranteed under various laws are being violated like the mulaqat system, communication with friends and education are being violated. The paper again tries to throw light on the facts of aftercare services, medical facilities and meeting with family provided in jails during Pandemic. Further, some measures of how can these problems be tackled has been in this project.

Keywords: Prison System, Mulaqat System, Pandemic, Communication with Friends and Family, Overcrowding

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