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Category of Correctional Homes :

There are altogether 59 correctional homes in West Bengal which can be broadly categorized as shown below:

Sl. No.
Categories of Correctional Homes
Number
Details
1. Central CHs 07 Presidency, Alipore, DumDum, Berhampore, Midnapore, Jalpaiguri, Burdwan.
2. District CHs 12 Howrah, Hooghly, Burdwan, Suri, Purulia, Bankura, Krishnanagar, Malda, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Darjeeling, Coochbehar, Alipurduar district HQs.
3. Special CHs 05 Asansol, Siliguri, Purulia, Barrackpore, Jhargram.
4. Subsidiary CHs 31 In the Sub-divisions.
5. Open Air CHs 03 Lalgola, Durgapur, Raiganj.
6. Women’s CHs 01 Alipore, Kolkata (exclusively for women prisoners)
Population :

Against the total registered capacity of 20,946 prisoners of all correctional homes, there were a total of 21,530 prison inmates in the State as on 01.05.2016. The break-up of the male and female prisoners in different categories is are as follows:

Sl. No.
Category
Male
Female
Total
1. Condemned 28 0 28
2. Convict 5593 381 5974
3. UT Prisoner 13633 1044 14677
4. Released Prisoners 496 87 583
5. Children with parents 134 132 266
6. Other 2 0 2
  Total 19886 1644 21530

In this context it may not be out of place to mention here that in the sub correctional homes only the undertrials of the local courts having jurisdiction are housed and in the open air correctional home at Lalgola only male life convicts having shown exemplary behaviour as a prisoner in the concerned central correctional home are admitted. Some of them are allowed to keep their family in the cottages, on the condition that the convict would provide for his family members from his daily wages, either by working honestly within the correctional home premises or outside the correctional home. This open-air concept has indeed paved the path for bringing the convict back in the mainstream of the social fabric.

 

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