Flyer -Legal Aid For Persons in Custody in India
71 percent of the prison population in India is either illiterate or educated below high school. Over 67 percent of these prisoners are undertrials and may continue to be held in overcrowded prisons for years. Poor public defense and under-utilization of non-custodial measures are one of the primary causes for these prolonged detentions. We at CHRI undertake evidence based research by collecting evidence on the functioning of various schemes of legal aid enacted for different stages of a trial through RTIs and micro surveys . This flyer provides a basic framework of legal aid for persons in custody in India and also enlists CHRI's key publication on Legal Aid.