State prison inmates spoilt for choice as canteens get revamped

  • | Saturday | 2nd December, 2023

Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar: The Maharashtra prison department recently revamped the list of items that inmates can purchase from the jail canteens.A total of 173 items have been added to the canteen catalogue, to provide the detainees a mix of essentials and recreational items. Among the notable additions to the list are bermuda shorts and T-shirts, specifically for undertrials.The list also includes chaat masala, pickle, coconut water, chess boards, oats, coffee powder, Lonavla chikki, sugar-free sweeteners, ice creams, organic fruits, peanut butter, mayonnaise sauce, panipuri set, art books, colour items etc.Personal care items such as face washes, hair dyes, shampoos, body scrubs, shower gel, liquid handwash and henna have also been added. To pacify the urge for tobacco products, the prison department has allowed nicotine-based tablets.Additional director general of police (prison) Amitabh Gupta told TOI, Restrictions result in mood swings. Maintaining mental health of the inmates within the set discipline parameters is an important aspect for reforming them. To do so, we have carefully reviewed each of the requests received by the inmates through their respective prison superintendents and allowed things and articles within permissible limits.The canteens wet section has also witnessed a transformation with the introduction of sprouts, goat meat, potato bhaji puri, egg bhurji, paneer bhurji, idli, and meduwada. This move is likely to have a positive impact on the overall well-being of prisoners by expanding their dietary options, said Gupta. However, the prisons department has opted to remove certain items from the list. Birthday cakes, pure ghee, and butter, balms, shoes polish, football, plastic ball etc have been excluded.This move also aligns with broader discussions about prison reforms and the rehabilitation of inmates, emphasizing the role of positive activities and dietary choices in the overall correctional process, said prison departments inspector general of police (headquarter) Jalinder Supekar.Mumbai-based DIG prisons Yoges Desai said, There has been a history of clashes between rival groups and gangs after they gathered on the pretext of celebrating birthdays by cutting cakes due to which birthday cakes are a strict no-no for prisoners. We also published the following articles recently1,200 Delhi prison inmates to get skills trainingApproximately 1,200 inmates in Delhi Prisons are set to undergo skill training in the hospitality sector as part of a rehabilitation initiative to support their transition into a new life post-incarceration. The program aims to offer individuals overlooked by society an opportunity to live and work with dignity. In collaboration with Max Healthcare, Delhi Prisons will implement the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) Level 4 training program, focusing on education, vocational training, and therapy to reduce recidivism.South Carolina prison scandal: Staff indicted inmate affairs, contraband smugglingThe South Carolina prison system is embroiled in a scandal involving several employees. Last week, the states Attorney General announced the indictment of seven prison staff members. The indictments are part of broader investigations aimed at rooting out illegal activities, including smuggling contraband into prisons and engaging in sexual relationships with inmates. One investigation, named Clean Sweep, uncovered a disturbing case at Lee Correctional Institution involving inmate Jacob Lance and his girlfriend, Abbygale Alexandria El-Dier. Both Lance and El-Dier used contraband cellphones, which were reportedly obtained from prison employees.Appear in probe: Pb ADGP (prisons) toldPunjab and Haryana High Court expresses dissatisfaction with the progress of the committee investigating gangster Lawrence Bishnois interview. The court directs the ADGP (prison) Punjab to appear and explain the delay in submitting the report. The court also asks for information on measures taken to stop the use of mobile phones and extortion calls in jails. ADGP (prisons) submits an affidavit on the progress of the inquiry report, revealing that the interviews were pre-recorded. The committee is examining records and conducting secret verifications to complete the inquiry.

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