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Why not place convicts under house arrest, asks SC?

Topics Covered: Separation of powers.

Why not place convicts under house arrest, asks SC?


Context:

The Supreme Court has asked the legislature to think over the idea of placing convicts under house arrest to avoid overcrowding of prisons.

Background:

The 206-page judgment was based on a plea for default bail filed by activist Gautam Navlakha on the ground that he had spent several days in house arrest.

Need for:

  • Overcrowding of prisons- occupancy rate in prisons climbed to 118.5% in 2019.
  • Increasing number of undertrials- 3,30,487 in 2019, which constituted 69.05% of the total number of prisoners.
  • A very large sum (₹6818.1 crore) was the budget on prisons.
  • The spread of COVID-19.

Sources: the Hindu.

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