Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2005
This description of Indira Ranamagar's work was prepared when Indira Ranamagar was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
Nepal’s prisons are poorly run nightmares, characterized by neglect and indifference. This treatment causes undue suffering above and beyond what may be intended by imprisonment. As a result, after serving their sentences, prisoners emerge not rehabilitated and ill-equipped to re-enter society; as such, they most often revert back to a life of crime. Indira Rana is working to change the penal system so that it treats the prisoner as a person and considers their future lives, including preparation for employment and caring for their families.
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