The state of our prisons is a well-documented issue. To bring a change in the lifestyle of prisoners and to upgrade the condition of the prisons, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) Department of Sports, Tourism, Culture, Archaeology, and Youth have installed open-air gym equipment at Central Jail Peshawar for the inmates.
The gym is aimed to improve the prisoners’ wellbeing and is a positive change.
Abid Majeed, Secretary Relief, Rehabilitation, and Settlement Department at the Government of Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa shared the images of the open-air gym via a tweet.
— Abid Majeed (@AbidMajeed1969) July 17, 2020
KPK government has previously stated that its mission is to provide safe custody, control, food, education, care, and correction to the prisoners to improve the condition of the prisons and the standard of living of the prisoners.
Some positive steps have been taken by the KP Prisons department in ensuring their mission, such as providing basic healthcare to inmates by installing hospitals and dispensaries at the facility. As per the department’s website,
Facilities of the ambulance are available in all central prisons. The specialist doctors also visit the jail hospital once in a week for the provision of specialized treatment to inmates. Blood screening tests for Hepatitis B and C of prisoners in all the jails/lockups is being carried out.
KPK government has also appointed ten psychologists in the prisons for the rehabilitation of inmates. There have been improvements in the staff and the infrastructure of the prisons as well. The KP Prisons Department has introduced Computerized Prison Information Management System for easy access to the inmates’ information and they have also introduced specialized combat training for the staff.