This book on Indian prisons is based on extensive research study at first hand of several jails, !iv lug conditions of undertrials and convicts. and halting measures introduced in the name of reform and rehabilitation. The author spent over two years in field work, examined all the material available in archives, newspaper offices as well as reports made by successive Commissions. For the first time the lay reader gets an insight into a 'twilight' world festering with greed, corruption and cruelty; the plight of thousands of innocent men, women and children being gradually robbed of their personality by the tortuous process of the Law; and the misuse of 'police power'. The author attempts to portray the psyche of the prisoner in an especially revealing section comprising interviews with those under sentences of death, to those granted reprieve and others whose fate hangs on the slender thread of mercy petitions. This document stresses the place of the prisoner and the prisons in a society which dares to describe itself as "progressive" and "civilised". From the points of view of both serious study and human content, this book constitutes a powerful plea for the re-assessment of the entire system of crime and punishment.