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Sindh to Introduce Video Link System in Prisons

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Sindh to Introduce Video Link System in Prisons

The project aims to enable prisoners to appear in court proceedings and talk to their families via video links

Karachi, Sindh

The provincial government plans to introduce audio and video link system in all prisons across Sindh to enable prisoners to appear in court proceedings and talk to their families via video links.

“Moreover, 500 acres of land will be allocated for the construction of a new prison in Karachi. This development is expected to alleviate overcrowding issues and improve living conditions for inmates,” Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Asif Hyder Shah informed Federal Ombudsman Ejaz Ahmed Qureshi in a meeting on Prison Reforms on Thursday May 23, 2024.

Chief Secretary told that the budget for provisioning quality food to prisoners has been significantly increased from Rs.1200 million to Rs.2400 million.

To strengthen oversight and accountability within the prison system, Chief Secretary Shah announced the formation of 22 oversight committees, each dedicated to monitoring the conditions within a specific prison facility.

Read: Foreign Prisoners to receive Free Phone & Video Calls Facility in Sindh

Highlighting efforts to empower inmates through education and skill-building initiatives, it was told that educational and vocational training programs are being extended to 2824 prisoners. Additionally, female prisoners in Karachi Central Jail are now being offered digital courses from prominent platforms such as Google and Amazon.

Senior Advisor to the Ombudsman Anwar Haider, the Secretary of Health, the Inspector General of Prisons, and officials from the Home Department attended the meeting.

The primary focus of the meeting was to comprehensively assess the current state of prisons across Sindh and devise strategies for their enhancement and reforms. (PR)

Read: Sindh’s 23 prisons have 18440 inmates

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