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Research Report - Part 1

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The pandemic has led to severe curbs on the rights of prisoners, particularly their communication with families and lawyers, access to courts, access to medical care, access to rehabilitation and vocational facilities, etc. These exacerbated vulnerabilities of prisoners have been recognised worldwide and has been at the centre of several statements and calls upon governments to prioritise prisons during the pandemic. This national study brings forth the decongestion efforts undertaken in prisons by states/union territories across the country in response to the pandemic.