National Consultation on Prison Legal Aid at New Delhi, April 2013: Part 159 – 844-292-1318 Montana legal aid

National Consultation on Prison Legal Aid at New Delhi, April 2013

A Two Day National Consultation on Prison Legal Aid was held at Indian Social Institute, Institutional Area Lodhi Road 13th to 14th April 2013. It was an initiative taken by Human Rights and Law Network. Many Activists & Lawyers women and men were participated from different parts of the state of India.
Prisoner’s Rights
In India, eighty percent of the inmates in the jails are under trials. The major problems faced by these inmates are not only of not getting a trial but that of not being granted bail, inhuman treatment in jails, facing poor conditions, lack of proper medical treatment, etc. There are various statutes such as the Prisoners Act, 1894; the Model Manual Prison India, etc. and various precedents which have been laid down in landmark cases which provide for the rights which these prisoners are entitled to. However, the problem today lies not in the availability of these rights but in the implementation of these rights and precedents. We at HRLN, under the Prisoners Rights Initiative work towards helping these prisoners get their rightful treatment in the prisons, safeguard their access to a fair and speedy trial, facilitate bail procedures and work towards various other procedural requirements to ensure that these prisoners make efforts to only achieve reformation and don’t have to fight for their survival.
Issues of Concern
• 80% prisoners are under trials
• Even though bail is granted, prisoners are not released.
• Lack or insufficient provision of medical aid to prisoners
• Callous and insensitive attitude of jail authorities
• Punishment carried out by jail authorities not coherent with punishment given by court.
• Harsh mental and physical torture
• Lack of proper legal aid
• High amount of surety ordered by courts which indigent prisoners can’t pay
• Rejection of surety bonds due to lack of money or verification of addresses, as indigent prisoners don’t have houses.
• Corruption and other malpractices.
• Guard brutality and sexual abuse.
• Other unsafe physical conditions.
• Disability discrimination.
• Lack of mental health and medical care.
For any kind of legal and social help related to Prisoner’s Rights, one can contact Human Rights Law Network. For more, visit us at http://www.hrln.org/hrln/prisoners-rights.html

We at HRLN visit jails to have direct communication with the prisoners who have been in these prisons for years due to under trial. During the jail visits these lawyers or paralegal worker meet the prisoners and under trails directly and not only provide legal aid but also identify areas for work to be done. Many juveniles those were languishing in adult jails were released or transferred to Juvenile Homes. It has been very stately presumed that prisoners have undergone poor upkeep even when they are extremely sick. At HRLN we make it an agenda to ensure that sick prisoners are provided with better treatment.
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The Captain Jonathan D. Grassbaugh Veterans Project Press Conference, April 5, 2013 – 844-292-1318 Ohio legal aid

COLUMBUS, OHIO — A 28-year old Army Captain, Gold Star widow and law student has announced she is giving 0,000 to create a veterans legal aid clinic in her husband’s memory at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. The free veterans legal aid clinic will be staffed by Ohio State law students,

The Captain Jonathan D Grassbaugh Veterans Project was officially announced at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law on April 5, 2013.

Speaking at this press conference are:
Captain Jenna C. Grassbaugh

Ohio Army National Guard Colonel Ducan Aukland, Chief Legal Counsel to the Ohio Adjutant General’s Department and the longest serving judge advocate on full-time National Guard duty in the United States

Steve Lynch, legal assistance attorney for the Ninth District Coast Guard District

Alan C. Michaels, Dean of The Ohio State University Mortiz College of Law
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AmeriCorps and Equal Justice Works Veterans Legal Corps Fellows describe their fellowships and the impact of their work in Ohio.
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