About the BookMany of India’s prisons date back to the era of British colonial rule, where prisoners are kept in crumbling facilities largely unchanged since the beginning of the previous century. There is an urgent need for reforms as the practice of punishment and public opinion concerning it has been changing due to the rapidly transforming social values and sentiments of the people. Thus, punishment can be used as a method of reducing the incidence of criminal behaviour, either by deterring the potential offenders, or by reforming them into law-abiding citizens. The objective of punishment can only be achieved by the prison institution.
Indian Prisons: Towards Reformation, Rehabilitation and Resocialization is an anthology of essays written by established and young academics from the field of social sciences, viz. history, law, political science, criminology, and sociology. The book tries to address the current contemporary debates in the field of Correctional Administration and Management in India. Considering the various issues of prisons, including reformation, rehabilitation and resocialization processes, this book emerges as a capsule which provides an overview of current prison practices and gives an in-depth understanding of prison systems in India with solutions to problems plaguing Indian prisons. It will be useful for individuals, research institutes and training centres engaged in the field of penology, corrections, and prison administration.About the Author/sK. Jaishankar is a Senior Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India. He was awarded the National Academy of Sciences India (NASI)—SCOPUS Young Scientist Award, 2012 in Social Sciences. He was a Commonwealth Fellow (2009-2010) at the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, School of Law, University of Leeds, UK. URL: http://www.drjaishankar.co.nr
Tumpa Mukherjee is Assistant Professor in Sociology, Women's Christian College, Kolkata, India. She holds MA and PhD degrees in Sociology from University of Calcutta and Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She specializes in policing studies. Her book Community Policing in India: A Sociological Perspective was published in the year 2006.
Priti Bharadwaj is an independent researcher specializing in prisoners’ rights and prison reforms. She has an undergraduate degree with a double major in Criminology and Computing Science from Simon Fraser University, Canada. She worked as a Consultant for the Prison Reforms Programme in Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), an international nonprofit organization headquartered in New Delhi, India. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Megha Desai Asher holds an Under Graduate Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice System, and a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Griffith University, Australia. She is presently based in India as a freelance journalist contributing to The Times of India. She has also freelanced with India’s leading women’s magazine, Femina.