Govt transforming prisons into reformation centres: minister


LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Prisons Malik Ahmed Yar Hinjra on Tuesday said that jail reforms initiated by the Punjab government had given positive results and the prisons had been transformed into reformation centres.

He stated this while speaking to a five-member delegation led by Punjab Bar Council’s Jail Reforms Committee Chairman Abdul Samad Khan at his office.

Lahore Region DIG Malik Mubashar Ahmed Khan, Superintendent Dr Qadir Alam and other officials were also present on the occasion.

While briefing the delegation about various steps taken for improving the jail conditions, the minister said that juvenile offenders were being provided free educational facilities and adult literacy centres had been set up in five central jails situated in Rawalpindi, Mianwali, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan and Bahawalpur.

“The prisoners are being taught various vocational courses so that they can earn an honourable livelihood after their release. Similarly, water filtration plants have also been set up in jails and balanced food is being provided to the prisoners,” said the minister and impressed upon the legal fraternity to play its role in easing the access of a common man towards legal means of justice.