India's Prisons, Overbooked and Overlooked

Legal experts say India’s overburdened criminal justice system is contributing to unjust detentions and horrific conditions in overcrowded and understaffed prisons.

Over 3 million cases are pending in the Indian court system. The backlog results in many detainees remaining in jail long past their maximum sentences. While in prison, inmates are frequently squeezed into wards lacking in basic services, including proper medical care.

Bloomberg Businessweek estimates that even if judges were able to address the backlog and close 100 cases every hour, it would take more than 35 years to catch up.

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