Report No. 78
1.20. Report by Dr. Reckless.-
In the fifties, Government of India invited technical assistance from the United Nations, and Dr. W.G. Reckless spent some time1 in India in 1951-52 to suggest ways and means of prison reforms. He recommended, inter alia, the getting out of juvenile delinquents from adult jails, courts and police lock-ups; the development of whole-time probation and after¬care services; the establishment of revising boards for the selection of prisoners for premature release; the establishment of new jails to perform specialised functions; revision of the jail manuals training programmes for the warders and superior staff of prisons;
introduction of legal substitutes for short sentences; expedition in police and court action to reduce the number of under-trial prisoners and the period of their remand to jail; establishment of an Advisory Bureau for Correctional Administration at the centre; development of a professional conference among the superior staff members concerned with the care and treatment of juvenile and adult offenders; and establishment of integrated departments or correctional administration, including jails, Borstal, probation and after-care.
1.Working Group on Prisons, Report (1972-1973), paras.1.3.1 to 1.3.4.