The Government of Bangladesh has shown commitment to improving the situation in prisons and to consider the overall reform of the criminal justice system. The Ministry of Home ¬Affairs and the Prison Directorate are working with the ¬support of the German Government through the Deutsche
To reduce overcrowding, an approach to suit the Bangladeshi context has been successfully developed and implemented in Africa, particularly in Malawi and Sierra Leone. The focus is specifically on under-trial prisoners without access to legal support. Paralegals from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been trained to identify “forgotten” prisoners who are often incarcerated for longer than their supposed sentence. This is the first time that the government has allowed “outsiders” to work inside prisons. It is a good example for an effective public-private partnership. In three pilot prisons (out of 68 prisons in total) these paralegals have been able to identify a large number of prisoners who should not be in prison, ¬either because they have already been imprisoned for longer than their supposed sentence or because they are innocent. The work of the paralegals has had a significant impact on reducing overcrowding in these pilot prisons. To date, 1057 prisoners have been released. The approach is therefore likely to be rolled out to further prisons in Bangladesh in the future. Here is a bunch of proposal which is supposed to replace the existing plight of the prisons of Bangladesh.
- Outdated laws and procedures concerning prisons should be amended to institute a more humane and sophisticated approach.
- There should be seperate4 prison for female prisoners near the larger central & district Jail.
- Formal complaint mechanism fo0r prisoners are recommended to reduce human security violations.
- The system of visit should be improved so that it provides checks & balances to the administration of prisons.
- In fracture and other necessary facilities should be provided so that all basic needs can be fulfilled.
- More prison should be set up with modern facilities of a prison to mitigate the congestion in the prisons.
- Overwhelming corruption of the prisons staffs and officers should be dealt with rigorously.
- The staff of the prisons must change their behavior and treat prisoners with respect.
- Healthy & Hygienic environment must be ensured.
- Special attention should be given for the young women & physically disable person
The Govt. has taken up some project to prompt welfare of the inmates and bring them back to be integrated in society. Hopefully all Concern will take it as a moral commitment for upgrading the Human dignity.
In a prison, the amenities are much more extensive, as some prisoners may be serving their lives behind bars. Prisons have exercise areas, common areas for eating and socializing in lower security areas, church facilities, and an educational facility which includes classrooms, libraries, and labs to work and study in. In lower security prisons such as those used to imprison people convicted of white collar crimes, the prison could sometimes be mistaken for a hotel. In most cases, prison inmates are expected to share cells with other inmates, and because of the long duration of most prison sentences, a complex social and political structure arises among the prisoners.
A prison is capable of handling far more prisoners than a jail is, and the prisoners are typically segregated on the basis of the types of crimes that they have been convicted of, as a safety precaution. In addition, in countries which still have capital punishment, a prison maintains facilities to carry out capital sentences, along with housing for criminals sentenced to this type of punishment. In general, the prison facility as a whole is very tightly secured, even if not all the criminals inside are violent, to prevent escapes or potential violence between wings of the prison. Prison staff are specially trained to work in a prison environment, and a board of governors appointed by the state oversees prison management.