Fifty-five prisoners are likely to be released from the Mysuru Central Jail on August 15, the Independence Day. The state government that has sent the list to the Karnataka Governor is waiting for his green signal.
In all, a list of 272 prisoners who could be released on the Independence Day has been prepared by the state government and has been sent to Governor Vajubhai Rudhabhai Vala for his consent. These prisoners have been lodged at prisons across the state.
Of the 272 prisoners, 48 are women. In Mysuru jail, of the 55 prisoners who are set to be released, 18 are women. The governor has the power to release convicts on good conduct under CrPC 161. Sources told this newspaper that the government consent might come on August 13 or 14.
The list has been prepared by the prisons department and accordingly, authorities of Mysuru prison have prepared the local list. The release of prisoners is also intended to encourage other prisoners to take the path of reformation.
There are many criteria to choose the prisoner for release: Those who are undergoing sentence for serious offenses are not considered. The convicts should be undergoing life imprisonment and should have completed 10 years behind bars.
They should have been convicted for simple and accidental crimes (crimes which are not committed for gain). Their behaviour and conduct should be exemplary. Prisoners with health problems are also considered.
The release of reformed prisoners would have helped prisons staff to expedite the reformation process. The list should get the State Cabinet’s approval and later the governor’s assent.
The beneficiaries for remission have been selected after ensuring that he/she had not remained in heinous crime or he/she is not a habitual criminal. In order to ensure that the prisoners selected for remission are fulfilling the norms prescribed in the guidelines, the jail authorities exercised hard to collect the complete crime history of the prisoners.