Legal aid for poor should not become poor legal aidSC directions for prison reforms

The Supreme Court has issued a slew of directions to improve the conditions of prisons and prisoners in the country.

These directions were issued in the PIL registered by the Supreme Court in 2013 subsequent to a letter by former Chief Justice of India, RC Lahoti. In his letter, Justice Lahoti highlighted the abysmal state of affairs in 1382 prisons in India. When the case was last heard, the Bench had sought clarification from the Central Government on the various issues including establishment of an under-trial . . .

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