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Why not place convicts under house arrest, asks SC?
The Supreme Court has asked the legislature to think over the idea of placing convicts under house arrest to avoid overcrowding of prisons.
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.
- 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.