The supervision of prisons in our country is regulated by the Prisons Act, 1894, and Prison Manuals/Regulations framed by various States. Prisons have been included at Entry No. 4 (Prison Reformatories, Borstal Institutions and other institutions of like nature and persons detained therein; institutions) in the State List (List II) of the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution of India.
Thus, States have all the responsibilities/competence to bring about any change which may be required in the current prison law to address any inadequacies in the prison management system. Therefore the State Government has to make legislations for quick emergency leave sanction system for remand prisoners and convict. Prison authorities should act swiftly in case of requisition for emergency leave to the prisoners on humanitarian grounds as per existing rules.
Madurai Bench of Madras High Court,
Madurai - 625 023.
Tamil Nadu, India.
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