EPIC- Evaluation of Prisoner Information and Cases
Under-trial prisoners constitute a significant majority of the prison population in India.However, in a huge number of cases, pre-trial detention is avoidable and unnecessary. There exist several provisions in the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 (Cr.P.C.) within which release of undertrial prisoners can be sought. However, many a time due to lack of awareness or means to ensure effective representation undertrials remain behind bars for prolonged period of time.Cases where the right of bail accrues on account of delay in filing chargesheet, completion of half/maximum term of specified punishment, prolonged detention in petty cases; and, cases which can quickly be disposed by opting for plea bargaining or where parties are eager to
compound cases are of importance in this context.