Uttarakhand prisons to have radio stations, inmates to become RJs – The New Indian Express

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DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand prisons will soon have their own radio stations. Within the framework of the “Uttarakhand Jail Radio” program, 10 of the 11 penitentiaries have been selected to be covered by the program. “The initiative aims to improve reforms in penitentiaries. We aim to provide a conducive environment to prepare inmates for a new life after having had their time, ”said IG (prisons) AP Anshuman.

The first phase will cover Dehradun District Prison, Haldwani Sub-Prison in Nainital District and Haridwar District Prison. Dehradun District Prison will soon have its own radio station with inmates as RJ trained.
“A total of eight men and four women have been selected from the inmates of the penitentiary, they are professionally trained,” said Pawan Kumar Kothari, SP of Dehradun Prison.

Prison officials said that in various Indian cities, radios have proven to be useful in reducing stress and keeping inmates engaged in creativity. Soon, the installation of loudspeakers and other systems in the prison will be completed to engage inmates in religious preaching, music, and information dissemination.

The professionals who oversee the project have worked in the prisons of Agra, Faridabad, Ambala and Panipat to create their own radio network. Several prisons in Uttarakhand, including the Dehradun District Prison, house inmates beyond 200% of their capacity while more than 30% of the posts in the prison department are vacant, a report submitted to the Department revealed. Uttarakhand HC by those responsible. The report was filed by Anshuman during a PIL hearing regarding the release of inmates who languish in prisons even after serving for more than 14 years.


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