Introduction

Al-Birr Foundation Mumbai, is a Non-Profitable Trust for objectives including Criminology and Justice, registered with the office of the Charity Commissioner of Mumbai City, under the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950.  We have been working on the issues of under-trials prisoners who from downtrodden and socially backward sections of society.  Our main target groups are first time offenders, youth and women under trial prisoners.

 

We work towards helping these non-habitual offenders & under-trials :

• To get their rightful treatment in prisons.

• To safeguard their access to cash bail as well as fair & speedy trial.

• To facilitate bail procedure and work towards various other procedural requirements.

• To ensure that these accused under-trials, first time non-habitual offenders make efforts towards their own reformation and an honest occupation. So, that they do not have to fight for their survival.

AL-Birr Foundation’s focus is to rehabilitate such non-habitual first time offenders as law-abiding citizens. We have a panel of lawyers, volunteers and the community (from which the accused come and to which they return on securing their lawful release). This panel gets actively involved in the treatment during incarceration.

 

In this context and work, Al-Birr Foundation’s focus is on service delivery, networking, training, research and documentation, and policy change with respect to the custodial & institutional rights and the subsequent rehabilitation of socio-economically vulnerable individuals and groups.

 

Our Philosophy and Approach

A philosophy and practice is encouraged which respects to both the individual rights, human dignity of human resources, creates opportunities for the development of skills and abilities which will assist the offender to live a crime-free life upon lawful release from prison.

Our welfare work and efforts include working towards securing the rights of persons and groups affected by the criminal justice system and helping them gain enhanced access to information, education, training, health, opportunities for livelihood and to assist them to leading their lives in a safe and healthy environment; thereby channelizing significant human resource to contribute to a developing economy.