Effective and Humane Restoration of Prisoners With Special Reference to India

Published date01 April 2020
Date01 April 2020
Subject MatterArticles
Effective and Humane
Restoration of
Prisoners With Special
Reference to India
K. S. Rekh Raj Jain1
The tail-end of the criminal justice system is the prison. In the era of mass
incarceration a question arises how can a prisoner be restored to live a successful
life after incarceration? The architecture of restoration of prisoners to begin the
movement the prisoner placed under the authority of prison officials.
Restoration is not a soft option, as many prisoners find it extremely difficult
to face up to the impact of their crimes. The entire prison environment and the
stakeholders of the prison department shall be involved in the restorative process.
Restoration is the shift from retribution and vengeance to a more human
approach. Hence restorative processes shall focus on physical, behavioral,
emotional and restoration of dignity. The transition from prison to re-integration
into the society after being incarcerated for number of years is the most difficult
task for the prisoner. Therefore perseverance of restoration in prisons shall be a
continuous process which would be a great investment to ever yone.
Research and studies across the world reveals that the scale of victimization
among the prisons is very high and at time most devasting and India is not an
exception. Adoption of restorative restoration approaches and practices in
prison setting will not only successfully navigate reentry both into the family and
society but also a realistic future and an effectiveness and positive impact outside
the prison world. If prison officials want to reduce recidivism it is vital that they
ensure effective and humane restoration of prisoners.
This paper takes the stock of the current context and aims to bring greater
clarity pertinent to the thematic area of concerns regarding effective and humane
restoration of prisoners with special reference to India.
Restoration, Integration, Restorative Process, Victimization, Recidivism
Journal of Victimology
and Victim Justice
3(1) 113–127, 2020
2020 National Law
Universit y Delhi
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DOI: 10.1177/2516606920904296
1 ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education, ICFAI Law School, Hyderabad, India.
Corresponding author:
K. S. Rekh Raj Jain, ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education, ICFAI Law School, Hyderabad, Telangana.
E-mail: nabariya_jain@yahoo.co.in

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