Inspector General of Prison Elvis Gomes has signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with V M Salgaocar College of Law to aid the department in research work.
Gomes said the MoU is valid for a year and can mutually be extended. There are no financial implications but whenever the researchers require logistical support it would be provided by the Prisons Department.
Dr K S Rao from V M Salgaocar College will head the project and his team will analyze various orders, circulars, judgments and make recommendations based on this.
“There are many central government directions, circulars, court order to the State prisons and we don’t have the designated law officers in the department. Now the college faculties have accepted our proposal and they will be looking after everything,” Gomes said.
He said they would only study and research on legal aspects and make their recommendations. The model prison manual 2016, issued by the Union Home Ministry, will also be studied by the team and make recommendations for its implementation.
Gomes said the team would assess cases of long-term prisoners including their past record and conduct and listen to the victims. This was lacking for years despite there being clear guidelines on it, Gomes added.
“Right now plea bargaining is not available in the prisons whereas this team can take up that work and make suggestions to the prison after visiting the victim and prisoner’s family,” Gomes said.
He added that the team will also formulate guidelines for the prisons and look into the recommendations made by the Academy of Prisons and Correctional Administration (APCA).