Govt considers introducing classification system in jails: Asaduzzaman

DHAKA, May 16, 2017 (BSS) - Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan today said the government is considering introducing classification system in jails for further improvement of country's prison management.

"In many countries, there are classifications in the prisons and the government is considering the matter with great importance. Yet, the overall prison management in Bangladesh is much more improved compared to many other countries," he said speaking as chief guest at the 4th Asia Pacific Regional Correctional Managers Conference at a city hotel.

"A massive change has been brought in the prison management along with strengthening the overall security measures by taking different initiatives such as sharing prison related information with other countries," the minister added.

He stressed the need for making balance between the rights and the demands of the prison inmates alongside the humanitarian issues keeping in view the global context.

The three-day conference is being held in Bangladesh for the first time from May 16 to 19 in cooperation with International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with the participation of 28 senior prison officials from 14 countries of the Asia Pacific Region.

Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vanuatu are taking part in the conference.

Speaking at the conference, Secretary of Home Ministry's Security Services Division Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury said, "There are 73,000 prison inmates in the jails. Seventy four percent of them are now waiting for hearing in different prisons and we have taken different measures for quick disposal of the cases aimed at decreasing the number of prisoners in jails."

Inspector General of Prisons Brigadier General Syed Iftekhar Uddin said the government has taken an initiative to build a jail on an open place at Ukhiya in Cox's Bazar. The land acquisition for building the jail has already started, he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)