Punjab govt moots classrooms in jails

Updated: Aug 18 2022 7:48PM

Chandigarh, Aug 18 (PTI) The Punjab Jails Department is planning to open classrooms in prisons to provide a learning environment to inmates, state minister Harjot Singh Bains said on Thursday. The jails minister said the move is the part of the state government's mission to "transform lives of inmates and enable them to join social mainstream as reformed convicts".

"The department is planning to construct classrooms with a capacity of 50 students in each jail," he added.

Initially, two to three classrooms of the capacity of 50 students in each jail will be constructed and if more rooms are needed in future, suitable space will be identified for it, he said in a statement here. The facility of libraries is also being expanded in prisons, he said. "The idea is to inculcate a habit of learning and education and to provide them an opportunity to utilise their time in prison in a productive manner," said the minister.