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Prison Inmates Become Skilled Workers

In 2018-20, we trained 2,116 prisoners in 15 prisons across India.

SRIJAN (Social Rehabilitation of Inmates in Jail and Aiding the Needy) is our initiative to provide a holistic rehabilitation intervention to prison inmates. Starting in Tihar Jail in 2010, we have since been training inmates with skill sets including tailoring, hand embroidery, electrical installations and repairs, carpentry, bamboo craft, computer data entry, plumbing and gardening. They receive government certification at completion.
One inmate (name withheld), imprisoned on a murder charge, trained as an assistant electrician. On release, he found a job providing wiring support and electrical installations at buildings under construction. Today he earns Rs 15,000 a month to support his family.


For skilled inmates serving extended time, Art of Living production centers have started in some prisons. With the start of the pandemic, inmates were trained to stitch cloth masks at our centers inside Nashik and Bhondsi prisons.

Some detainees even remarked that everyone should go to prison once to be able to experience the positive effects of the Art of Living program.

– Dr Kiran Bedi,

Former Inspector General of Tihar Jail

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