Punjab Cabinet nod for time-to-time remission benefits for convicts instead of just once

Punjab Cabinet nod for time-to-time remission benefits for convicts instead of just once

Convicted prisoners in Punjab will now be eligible for remission from time to time, instead of just once, under the amendment to the Remission Policy 2010, approved by the state Cabinet on Wednesday.

The Cabinet approved the amended Remission Policy 2021, which makes remission applicable for prisoners sentenced to imprisonment for more than 10 years, including prisoners sentenced for life, instead of prisoners convicted for 10 to 20 years under the earlier policy.

It may be recalled that on March 16 last year, while considering premature release cases of life convicts, it came to the notice of the committee constituted at the level of government for the purpose, that the Remission Policy-2010 had some “ambiguities”.

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