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The Prison System in Pakistan

Muhammad Masood Khan

The present structure of the Prison system in Pakistan can be traced back to British India. The
author has tried to explain the current situation of jails and their problems: overcrowding;
mal-administration; lack of training and low salaries of jail staff; and outdated methods of
treating prisoners. This article also describes the functions and achievements of the Central
Jail Staff Training Institute, the only institute for the professional training of prison staff and
officers in Pakistan. Important prison rules and data compiled from government departments
in all provinces of the country and policy recommendations are also included in this article.

Keywords: Prison System, Prisoners, Penal System, Jails in Pakistan, Penology, Prison Administration