Watch Report on Rajasthan's Periodic Review Committees 2011 - 2018

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2011 - 2016


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In Rajasthan, Periodic Review Committees (PRCs) or Avadhik Samiksha Samitis are one of the prison oversight bodies which keeps a vigil on illegal and unnecessary detention in prisons. The performance of the PRCs has been tracked by CHRI through right to information requests since 2009-10. The information is collated and analysed vis-à-vis their mandate and guidelines provided by the High Court 1 and the prison department from time to time.


Research Report - 2013

This report examines the effectiveness with which one mechanism, Rajasthan’s Periodic Review Committee or the Avadhik Samiksha Samiti, works to reduce pre-trial detention by reviewing the cases of prisoners awaiting trial.


Research Report - 2014

This report draws on right to information responses from 30 Central and District jails and questionnaire responses from Chief Judicial Magistrates. The time period of the study was September 2013 to April 2014.


Research Report - 2015

This is the third watch report on Rajasthan’s Periodic Review Committees (PRCs) by the Com-monwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI). CHRI’s first report on PRCs was published in 2011 which compiled data from June 2009 to June 2010 (2009-10). It was followed by the second report in June 2015 which provided information for eight months from September 2013 to April 2014 (2013-14). The present report provides an update since the second report, and is based largely on data gathered from May 2014 to April 2015 (2014-15).


Research Report - 2018

This is CHRI’s fourth watch report on the functioning of Rajasthan’s Avadhik Samiksha Samitis or Periodic Review Committees (PRCs). This report is divided into two sections. Section A provides an analysis of the information received from 21 prisons in Rajasthan, whereas Section B brings to light the overlapping functions of PRCs with the Undertrial Review Committees (UTRCs) that were setup in each district pursuant to the directions of the Supreme Court, in ‘Re Inhuman Conditions in 1382 Prisons’ in April 2015.