Prisons Forum
of Karnataka

About Us

The journey of the Prisons Forum Karnataka, began in the year 2017 when a group of like-minded individuals with an interest and a passion to work on prison related issues got around to discuss the WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO. 406 OF 2013 RE-INHUMAN CONDITIONS IN 1382 PRISONS 406/2013 judgement of the Supreme Court of India. The various rounds of perusing, discussing and deliberating on the issues addressed in the judgement gradually evolved into identifying the need for a platform to address prison reforms in Karnataka.

2018 witnessed the forums expansion to include few more members particularly from the student community and other rights based organisations. The individuals involved in the initial deliberations decided that the Forum needs to take a more formal and structured shape so that the various experiences, energies could all be channelized towards specific aims and objectives. Over a period of a year and more, there are certain key issues that have been addressed and continue to be work in progress, such as the Under Trials Review Committee, the question of unnatural deaths raised in the 406/2013 judgement of the Supreme Court, etc.

Our Vision

To be a collective that will work towards prison reforms in Karnataka.

A resource center for information related prisons, prisoners, their rights, etc.

A platform where prison related issues can be discussed, deliberated upon, debated, collectively addressed in way that upholds human rights and dignity of the prisoners.

To be a voice for prisoners & prison reforms in the state of Karnataka.

Our Principles

The key principles of our journey have evolved out of various discussions, deliberations, small yet significant course of action and above all out of a passion to take this initiative forward.


Every individual prisoner/family member/any others who approach the Forum for any form of assistance will be treated with respect and dignity, primarily perceived as being human first.

Every member of the Forum will approach individuals/issues taken up by the forum without any prejudices of caste, class, creed, religion, socio-economic background, political affiliations/beliefs, gender, sexuality, profession, etc.

The work of the Forum will always be ascribed to a collective effort of all those involved, without any individual/ organization/ institution/ group taking exclusive credit in public domains such as their websites, social media platforms, publications, etc.

Honesty, integrity and accountability will be the guiding values in all the work undertaken by the Forum.

The Forum will adhere to a non-partisan and non-judgmental approach towards individuals/issues brought to the notice of the Forum.

Our Efforts Thus Far

Created a platform for people from all walks of life, involved with prisons in different capacities to come and share their experiences on life behind the prison walls

  • Panel discussion titled “Unofficial Death Penalty” – a look at the unnatural deaths in prisons.
  • Presentation by Ms. Smita Chakroborthy on her experience with the Open Prisons in Rajasthan
  • Presentation by Mr Kishor Govinda on the subject of Lynching and a discussion on an anti-lynching law in India
  • Engaged in understanding the functioning of the Under Trial Review Committees across Karnataka.

    In the process of creating a resource base for all prison and prisoners related matters, that would be accessible to the public at large.

    Contact Us

    # 15, First Floor, Bharath Bhavan,
    Opposite Balaji Plywoods
    Infantry Road
    Shivajinagar
    Bengaluru
    Karnataka - 560001

    Resources

    Constitutional Background - Rights of the Accused as mentioned in the Constitution of India and the Code of Criminal Procedure
    International Conventions - International Standards and Rules pertaining to the treatment of Prisoners
    Custodial Death Cases Since 2010
    3rd National Consultation on Prisoners' Rights, Legal Aid and Prison Reform
    Landmark Judgements About Prisoners' Rights and Prison Reforms
    List of Cases in Karnataka on Prison Reforms
    Amnesty Fair Trial Manual - A practical guide to relevant international human rights standards
    Studies on Prisons in Karnataka
    Report of the National Traininig on Prisoners Rights - A report published by the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) in continuation to the workshop conducted on Prisoner's Rights at the Jindal Global Law School (July 2018)
    Link to Karnataka State Prisons Department Website
    Link to Karnataka Legal Services Authority Website