HC Deb 25 February 1929 vol 225 cc1542-3

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India how many full-time paid probation officers, and how many part-time paid probation officers, and how many voluntary probation officers have been appointed and are at present serving in the various provinces of British India?


Though the Indian Courts have power to release first offenders on probation of good conduct, there is no general system in India corresponding to that of the probation officers provided for by the Probation of Offenders Act, 1907, and the Criminal Justice Act, 1925. I cannot therefore give the figures asked for, but would refer the hon. Member to the information in the Jails Reports of the various Provinces as to the working of unofficial Prisoners Aid Societies, particularly in Madras, and the action taken in the Punjab under the Good Conduct Prisoners Probational Release Act, 1926.