Justice Under Trial: A Study Of Pre-Trial Detention In India

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All India

2015 - 2015


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To assess the effectiveness of various legal safeguards to prevent excessive undertrial detention, between 2014 and 2016, Amnesty International India filed nearly 3,000 Right to Information (RTI) applications with every district and central prison in the country and various state government departments.



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. In other words, there are twice as many undertrials in India’s prisons as there are convicts.