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Living Condition for Prisoners

Delhi Prisons comprises of Nine Central Prisons at Tihar Jail Complex and one District Prison at Rohini Complex. Four of the Central Prisons at Tihar Complex are more than 50 years old. These are presently under extensive renovation. The barracks and cells are being provided with mosaic tiles with flushing system in the toilets. Each barrack/cell has adequate number of ceiling and exhaust fans for proper ventilation. 



Model Ward for First Time Offenders

A completely renovated Model Ward with various facilities for carrying out reformation/cultural activities has been inaugurated. The ward comprises both cells and barracks for lodging of first time offenders. The rooms are well lit and ventilated with provision of exhaust fans. There is provision of Recreation Room, equipped with facilities of indoor games, library and a TV for entertainment of inmates. In addition, there is sufficient space for holding classes for Adult Education, different reformatory activities holding yoga and meditation sessions etc. Washing and bathing facilities have been provided in the wards. The toilets are fitted with flush system. Sufficient water has been provided for drinking and bathing purposes. The prisoners are being served hot and fresh food through a food trolley. There is provision of dining space in the ward so that food may be served in community spirit.



Lodging of Inmates

a)   First Time offenders ward- This is the reception ward of Delhi Jails in which prisoner who have been sent to prison for the first time, are lodged for six months. This ensures their separation from the hardcore criminals lodged in other wards.

b)   High Security Ward- Prisoners who are involved in multiple heinous offences or terrorism activities etc. are lodged in High Security Ward, which are under constant supervision of Prison Staff and para military forces. 

c)   Separate prison is earmarked for women inmates with the provision of crèche for keeping children below 6 years of age.

d)   Separate prison is earmarked for lodging male adolescent prisoners between the age of 18-21 years.


Food, Clothing and Bedding

Inmates are provided diet as approved by the Govt. of National Capital Territory of Delhi. Special food is provided on the days of National importance and Festivals. Convicts are provided with clothing as per norms of Delhi Jails. Poor inmates are provided with free clothing as per the seasonal requirement. All inmates are provided with seasonal bedding. The inmates on payment basis can procure items of daily need, toiletries and eatables from the Prisoner Welfare Canteen. 


Kitchen and Food Serving

Cooking of food in Kitchens of Tihar Prisons is through Piped Natural Gas (PNG) fuel instead of LPG cylinders, which were used for the last two and a half decades. Kitchens are equipped with Wheat Grinding Machines, Atta Kneading Machines and Masala Grinding Machines for preparation of food in hygienic manner. Electric chimneys and exhaust fans are provided for proper ventilation.

Community involvement/meals serving is encouraged in the prisons. Hot food trolley is provided in all Reception Wards, which are being extended to all the other wards of Delhi Prisons for serving hot food to the prisoners.



Sanitation and Water Supply

Delhi Prisons is maintaining a very high level of sanitation and hygiene in all the prisons by daily removing the garbage and maintaining Zero Level of Garbage at all the times. Two sewage treatment plants are being setup to recycle the resultant water for horticulture and toilets.

Rain Water Harvesting System is setup in the Prison Complex to recharge the level of ground water. Reverse Osmosis system has been installed to ensure the supply of pure and safe drinking water in all the prisons.  



Computerisation of delhi Prisons 

Computerisation of all the jails was started way back in 1994. A Local Area Network (LAN) was setup in 2003 to connect all the Prisons through Fiber Optic Cable Network.

Prison Management System

Delhi Prison in association with NIC has developed a unique Comprehensive Query-based system software for effective Prison Management called Prison Management System (PMS). This system keeps comprehensive information about prisoners, their court cases and their lodging pattern. It also records, tracks and monitors the movement of prisoners and the action taken on their court hearing.


Bio-Metric Finger Identification System

The Bio Metric System has been introduced with Prison Management System, which stores photographs and biometric fingerprints of all the inmates. It helps in identifying the habitual and repeater prisoners. This system also facilitates the identification of correct prisoners for court production and release.


Visitor Management System

Delhi prisons receives around 2000 visitors on daily basis for meeting with the prisoners. To manage this large number of visitors, Visitor Management System software is developed which can register the visits of friends and relatives of a prisoner 10 days in advance on centralized telephone numbers 28520202 (Tihar) and 27291501 (Rohini). This system saves the time of visitors  as  well  as  informs   the  prisoners  in advance  about his meeting. Due to introduction of this system complete transparency has been obtained.

Video-Conferencing System

Video conferencing facility has been setup between Tihar/Rohini jails with District Courts at Tis Hazari, New Delhi, Karkardooma and Rohini. This facility is used for extension of judicial remands and trials in some cases. This has strengthened prison security and has saved manpower, equipment and transportation.



Model Interview Hall

Model Interview Halls are being constructed in jails where the prisoners meet their relatives/ friends separated by see through toughened glass and in soundproof environment. Each cubical is earmarked for a prisoner where he/she can converse with his/her relatives/friends through a one to one microphone system. This system facilitates visitors to see and converse with their prisoner in a proper manner.


Model Test Identification Parade Room

Test Identification Parade Room is constructed in all the undertrial jails in which one way glass is installed where accused and witness do not have eyeball to eyeball contact. The witness can fearlessly participate in the identification proceedings in the presence of Magistrate. These model TIP rooms help in ensuring safety of witnesses. 



Closed Circuit Television System

Prison Administration has strengthened its security and surveillance on the activities of prisoners as well as prison staff by installing closed circuit television system in all the prisons. In the first phase Strategic Areas like First Time Offender’s Ward, High Security Ward, Interview Room, Deodhy, Medical Examination Room, Kitchen etc. are covered. Each jail has a CCTV control room for watching the activities and a state of the art Control Room has been setup in the Prison Headquarters. The activities can be recorded for seven days after which backup is taken. This system has 235 fixed cameras and 23 PTZ cameras. 


Security Equipments

Delhi Prisons is having modern security gadgets like X-Ray Baggage Scanners, Multi Zonal Door Frame Metal Detector, Hand Held Metal Detectors for detecting prohibited articles possessed by prisoners/ visitors at all access points. All the watch towers are equipped with flood lights and the open areas are covered with High Mast flood lights for illumination and security during night hours. Three Quick Reaction Teams manned by para-military forces are equipped with sophisticated weapons to deal with any eventuality/ emergency. 



In the Female Jail there is a separate crèche and a nursery. There are proper recreational and educational facilities for the children. Children are provided nursery education by trained workers in the crèche. When the child attains the age of 6 years he/she is admitted in a boarding school with the consent of his/her mother. The children lodged in prison are provided with clothes, diet, bed, medical care and education by the prison department. 


Court Complex

A Court Complex has been established in Tihar Prison Complex. A regular Court is held at Tihar Court Complex every month to dispose off the cases of undertrial prisoners who are lodged in the jails for minor offences and ready to confess their guilt. Till December 2007, 85 Courts have been held and 4216 cases have been disposed off. These Courts have proved very helpful in de-congesting the Jails. 

A Legal Aid & Counselling Centre was inaugurated at Tihar Court Complex by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashok Bhan, Judge Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on 20th July 2007.


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