The government has undertaken a number of projects to build prisons to facilitate accommodation of additional prisoners across the country.
Inspector general of prisons Brigadier General Syed Iftekhar Uddin told reporters after visiting the construction work of Madaripur prison on Wednesday.
‘Re-building of prison is urgently needed’, Iftekhar said, adding that the number of prisoners across the country stood at around 82,000 while the existing prisons had the capacity to accommodate 36,614 inmates.
Some prisons held five to six times prisoners excess of their capacity, he said, adding that, for that reason new prisons were being built through land acquisition to increase their capacities in many districts.
Moreover, old prisons were being renovated to solve the accommodation problem of prisoners, Iftekhar said, hoping that this problem would resolved within a few years.
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