K e r a l P r i s o n s

There are three types of leave.

  • Ordinary Leave
  • Emergency Leave
  • Home Leave (for Open Prison inmates only)

Ordinary Leave

Well behaved prisoners sentenced to imprisonment for one year and above and who have served out actually 1/3 of the sentence or two years whichever is less are eligible for ordinary leave.

A prisoner is eligible for sixty days of ordinary leave in a calendar year. This leave can be availed four times in a year but prisoners in Open Prisons can avail 5 times including Home leave. The leave period shall not be less than fifteen days and more than thirty days at a time.

Prisoners are released on ordinary leave based on the recommendation of the Superintendent of Police and Probation Officer.

The first ordinary leave shall be granted by Director General and the subsequent leave shall be granted by the Superintendent.

Emergency Leave

Any well behaved convicted prisoner is eligible for emergency leave. The Superintendent of Jail shall be competent to grant emergency leave upto a period of 10 days, and by the Director General up to a period of 15 days including the leave sanctioned by the Superintendent and by the Secretary, Home Department up to a period of 15 days at a time. Any Extension of Emergency Leave subject to a maximum of 45 days shall be extended only by the Goverment.

Emergency Leave shall be granted subject to the following conditions:-

Eligibility for leave: Any well behaved convicted prisoner other than a person convicted in respect of any offence relating to National Security is eligible for emergency leave under any of the very exceptional circumstances specified below, namely:-

  • Death or terminal illness of father, mother, son, daughter, wife, husband, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, grandson, grand daughter, grand father, grand mother, Father-in-law, Mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother's brother, mothers' sister, fathers' brother, fathers sister, brother in law, sister-in-law, direct nephew and direct niece.
  • Marriage of son, daughter, brother and sister, grandson, grand daughter, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, direct nephew, direct neice.
  • Partial or complete loss of residential building.

The following categories of prisoners shall not be eligible for being released on leave, namely

  • Offenders classified as habituals
  • Prisoners sentenced under section 392 to 402 Indian Penal Code.
    Note : - Lifers having concurrent sentence under the above Section will be granted parole on completion of the sentence under these sections.
  • Prisoners who are considered dangerous or who are involved in serious Prison violation like assault, out break, mutiny, escape, instigators to serious violation, strike, etc., and the like;
  • Prisoners suffering from unsoundness of mind or contagious diseases

Home Leave

Well behaved prisoners in Open Prison who have undergone a term of actual sentence of one year in that Prison shall be eligible for home leave on the strength of a report from the Probation officers concerned on the family environments of the prisoner.

The maximum period of home leave that may be granted at a time is 15 days and a prisoner once released on home leave shall not be eligible for a subsequent release on the same leave until the completion of 1 year of actual imprisonment to be counted from the date of his last return from home leave.

Escort Visit

The category of prisoners not eligible for emergency leave, may be granted permission for visit under escort for a maximum period of 24 hours excluding journey time.