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Chance for Change

“Prison life, fortunately, I spent a lot of years, about 18 years with other prisoners, and, as I say, they enriched your soul.”

  • Nelson Mandela
7 out of every 10 Prisoner’s in jail is a prisoner without conviction
We provide consistent financial support to those requiring special attention.

No one is born a Criminal. It is the circumstances which makes one criminal. No one wants to remain as criminal for the rest of their life. But without the intervention of some external agencies, no one can come to main stream society, from the clutches of crime. Therefore, S.V.C.T acts as this external help and helps them to rehabilitate. During the process of rehabilitation they face a lot of social ostracism and exclusion therefore, we as an NGO help them by providing them with suitable jobs and sensitizing people towards them and their needs.

Unfortunately, the taboo attached to a common man’s perception is very negative towards a prisoner or an ex-prisoner even after serving time. For some prisoners, especially those that have spent years or decades of their lives locked up, getting out comes with a mixture of overwhelming joy and anxiety. Ex-prisoners are often left with a mere toehold in society, and this has serious consequences for both society and the individuals. The society must understand that, by browbeating an ex-prisoner when he has already served his time, reformed and ready to rejoin society has some serious consequences.  When an Ex-prisoner changes for the better, does good work, he must be given a chance and credit for it. If this is not done, the whole theory of reformation & rehabilitation loses its meaning. Life on the outside can be a huge challenge for the Ex-prisoners, so hard that if not accepted by society many prisoners fail & end up behind bars before long

One of the major problem faced by prisoners in the impossible task of educating their children as majority of them (prisoners) are the bread winners of the family. Therefore, these children of inmates send us their applications explain their situations and in return we sponsor their education and provide them with books, school bag , stationary items etc.

Society plays a very important role in rehabilitation as by socializing and working together ex-offenders learn to take responsibility for their actions, and gain the cognitive skills necessary to refrain from making the same choices over and over again. Therefore, various social control institutions must be involved during the reintegration period.

Chance for Change is a much needed activity to support those in prison. The trust has helped many to stand on their feet by providing employment to those who are shunned upon their release from prison and also by honing their inborn talents and promoting their interest in music, painting, art etc. the trust tries to provide employment to as many inmates as possible post their release from jail.

We at SVCT have helped many of the convicts in getting jobs in various occupations as artists, cooks, drivers, machine men, security guards, office worker/market men, administration managers, etc. An artist who has completed 10 yrs. of imprisonment is engaged full time with the trust. He is also visiting different jails and teaching the convicts to paint. We have also started painting workshops in Dasana Jail, Ghaziabad and in District Jail in Karnal. The trust provides these jails with painting material also along with guidance.

We are involved in various activities of Community Development along with our core aim of helping the families of Tihar Jail inmates.



AS ON 31.12.2015 %AGE
Male Female Total Male Female
13604 579 14183 95.92 4.08
  • There were total 14183 prisoners as on 31.12.2015, thus an increase of 333 prisoners over the last year population.

Category wise prison population as on 3.12.2015 is shown in table below:-

UNDERTRAILS 10465 414 10879 76.93 71.50
CONVICTS 3077 165 3242 22.62 28.50
DETENUES 3 0 0 0.02 0.00
OTHERS 59 0 59 0.43 0.00
TOTAL 13604 579 14183 100.00 100.00





Marital Status:-

Married 54.16 91.02
Un-married 48.84 8.98

As per figures available married prisoners constitute 54.16 % of total male population whereas unmarried form 48.84 %. In the female prisoner 91.02 % of female population were married and 8.98 % were unmarried. The population wise marital status is shown.

Educational Standard:-

As per data compiled, majority of the prison population (around 64%) has education below class-X, thus proving the linkage between educational standard and criminality. Lesser the literacy more the crime seems to be the trend. The illiterates’ population constitute only 21.27% of the total population because of literacy programme being vigorously carried out in jails. Most of the prisoners in this category are new

Illiterate 20.70 38.69
Below class X 43.19 32.64
Class X & above but below graduation 28.65 19.34
Graduate 5.62 6.74
Post-graduate 1.02 2.24
Holding Technical Degree/Diploma etc. 0.82