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BERHAMPUR: Orissa government is planning to increase the number of open jails in the state.
At present there is only one open jail in the state at Jamajhori in Khurda district. Inspector General Police (IGP) of Prisons V.Thyagarajan during his visit to the city told newsmen that the state government was planning to establish two more open jails. They are to be located near Berhampur and Sambalpur. It may be noted that Orissa now has 88 traditional prisons.
The work for establishment of the open jail near Sambalpur has started. It is to be established on a 224-acre of land at Jujumara at distance of 30 kilometers from the Sambalpur town. The state government has already sanctioned Rs 1.50 crores for the project. The total cost of the project is expected to be around five crore rupees.
The plans for the establishment of an open jail near Berhampur is now in the proposal stage, said the senior superintendent of Berhampur circle jail, Bankim Charan Mohanty, who heads the gaols in south Orissa. The jail officials with the help of the administration are in search of suitable land for the purpose near the city.
Open jails have existed in India since the 1950s. Usually the well behaved prison inmates who are serving long sentences are transferred to open jails as a reward for their good behaviour after serving a long time in regular prisons. They get extra facilities and liberty inside the open jails to rectify themselves.
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