New jails to be set up in Punjab
Additional Secretary Prisons Punjab Abdullah Faiz while talking to APP here on Sunday said that the project to set up seven new jails in province was in process and the department was striving hard to acquire appropriate land for this purpose.
He said that 70 to 80 acres land was required to set up a jail in the provincial capital and in this regard, the department was exploring various options of acquiring land including state land which can save cost of establishing the jail.
To a question about prison's rehabilitation process, he said that the prison department had launched a programme of technical training in collaboration with TEVTA which would be operational within one or two months, adding that proper training courses would be conducted for jail inmates and they would be given certificates that would also be valid in other countries as well.
To another query, the Secretary said that the department put in placed measures to ensure the possible surveillance and intelligence collection of those harden criminals who were involved in terrorism and other heinous criminal activities.
He said that the criminal justice system should be more efficient and effective as the jails faced issues of over capacity of prisons due to pending cases, non-regular hearings, under trail cases, financial obstacles and others.
He said that prisons of life imprisonment who have completed minimum 10 years of jail term, shown good conduct and character and meet specified criteria could be released on payroll.
To another query, he said that the physical infrastructure of jails has been improved as the Public Call Office (PCOs), water filtration plants and other facilities have been installed in various jails.