Justice Under Trial: A study of Pre-trial detention in India
India has one of the highest undertrial populations in the world. As of December 2015, 67% of prisoners in India’s
prisons were ‘undertrials’ – people who were awaiting trial or whose trials were still ongoing, and who have not been convicted.1 In other words, there are twice as many undertrials in India’s prisons as there are convicts. Figure 1 below shows the state-wise population of undertrials and prison occupancy rates.
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