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>Over 87,000 prisoners, with the exception of a few dozens high profile inmates, are passing hellish days as the country’s jails are equipped to accommodate only 27,451. (Click for full report)
The number of prisoners nearly doubled in just a decade while the jail authorities failed to increase their capacity to accommodate the growing number of inmates.

Official records show about 27,000 additional prisoners landed in jails over the last seven years while the authorities could create extra accommodations for some 4,000 only.
Successive regimes paid a little or no attention to the matter, said the jail authorities, pointing it out as the main reason for the awful condition of prisons.
They said they could construct only a few new prisons and build extensions for a few others in years.
The hellish living condition in the country’s 67 prisons has worsened further since the army-led joint forces launched a countrywide anti-crime crackdown following takeover of state power by Fakhruddin Ahmed-led caretaker government in January last year.
Several hundreds were being netted and put in jails by the joint forces since the launching of the drive, sharply increasing the number of prisoners to 90,000 from 65,000 by the year end.

“We are now in a situation where there is no space left for even to sit, let alone for lying down,” a prisoner of the jam-packed Dhaka Central Jail told The Daily Star last week.

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