Bail, prisons and COVID-19: An Indian perspective

Bansal, Sakshat and Sahni, Shruti (2021) Bail, prisons and COVID-19: An Indian perspective. Alternative Law Journal, 46 (4). pp. 326-331. ISSN 1037969X

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This article explores the implementation of the right to bail for prisoners during COVID-19. Using data from a sample of 50 advocates collected through a face-to-face questionnaire, the article probes lawyers’ perceptions of the functioning of the mechanism of bail in the pandemic. The article also evaluates the efficacy of measures taken to decongest prisons by critically reviewing the criteria identified by the High-Powered Committees of States for releasing prisoners. Finally, it concludes by indicating the urgent need to remedy the deficiencies and provides recommendations for reforming the criminal justice system to safeguard prisoners’ right to life and health.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Bail | Decongestion | High-Powered Committees | Prisoners | Right to health
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Health (Social sciences)
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2022 14:57
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2022 14:57
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Additional Information: The author's would like to thank Dr Ashna Singh K for helpful comments and valuable insights on the earlier versions of this article. Ms Saema Jamil deserves our thanks for proofreading the paper.


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