The Jharkhand government on Friday paved the way for early release of 105 life convicts by putting a seal on remission of their sentences.The state sentence review board (SSRB) in its meeting held last month cleared 105 applications out of 300 moved by the convicts who had served more than 14 years behind bars.
The prison department would provide jobs to 49 prisoners based on their qualification.“The review of the cases was done on the basis of good behaviour of prisoners in jails and other aspects including the possibility of the criminals to commit the crime again,” said the additional director general of police BB Pradhan.
The board decided to remit sentences of 42 prisoners in Dumka central jail, 40 in Ranchi central jail, 13 in Hazaribagh central jail and 5 each in Palamu central jail and Ghaghidih central jail.
Based on their qualification, capability, training and the desire to get rehabilitated, the prisoners would get jobs as tailors, security guards and electricians with Jharcraft, Rhea Enterprises and Bhartiya Kisan Sangh.
The government would distribute the appointment letters to the prisoners on Saturday at Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi.The issue of release of prisoners after remission of their sentences was pending since long in view of the Supreme Court’s July 2014 interim order putting a ban on the state governments from exercising their discretion in remitting the sentences of life convicts.
The apex court vacated its order in July 2015 with certain riders paving way for the SSRB to take cases of deserving prisoners.