RAWALPINDI: The Punjab home ministry has directed jail authorities across the province, to keep young and juvenile prisoners separately from the hardcore and criminal inmates.

The orders have been issued after reports emerged that some jails have become jam-packed with prisoners, and the juvenile prisoners face the risk of being kept with hardcore and condemned prisoners, a source in Adiala Jail told The Nation, while requesting anonymity.

According to the source, the jail authorities have been directed to furnish details of juvenile inmates languishing in jails across Punjab and make arrangements to keep them in separate barracks.

The jail authorities have also been asked to collect bio-data of all juvenile prisoners who are behind bars.

The source said that the move was part of a plan of the provincial government, to establish separate jails for juvenile prisoners at divisional levels.