LAHORE: The overall jail population across Punjab has dropped by nearly 12,890 convicts as a result of successful implementation of the National Judicial Policy 2009 in the province.
Inspector General of Prisons Punjab, Kokab Nadeem Warraich told APP on Monday that the National Judicial Policy announced by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was being successfully implemented it has started yielding positive results.
He said that under the judicial policy, old cases of under trial prisoners pending with the courts are being tried expeditiously and consequently the convicts are being released after the expiry of their terms.
He said before the enforcement of the National Judicial Policy the strength of the jail inmates in the province was nearly 62,000 against the capacity of 21,527 prisoners. However, after the judicial policy, the number dropped to 50,010 on June 30 last.
Break-up of the convicts released
During the year 2009, 9,623 convicts were released, while the break-up of convicts releases this year are as follows:
January 2010 - 522
February 2010 - 513
March 2010 - 807
April 2010 - 609
May 2010 - 816
Grand total - 12890
More than three thousand convicts have been released in the first five months of 2010 as compared to the entire length of the last year.