Overcroded Prisons in India

A 2015 report from National Crime Records Bureau(NCRB) notes that almost all Central Jails in India are either full to the capacity or overcrowded. This week's graph illustrates the capacity of jails state wise in India and the actual prisoner population for each.

Chattisgarh prisons are bursting at their seams- the average occupancy across the states is 263%. Delhi is also in a dire state with an occupancy of 244%. Almost all large states such as Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Punjab all have prisons well above capacity.

Of all government services, prisons are likely to get the least public attention and sympathies. But overcrowded prisons can lead to riots, crime within the prison walls, suicides, and criminals being handed out mild sentences that do not involve incarceration.