J&K Jails to soon have inmate calling system: DGP prison


Jammu: A Conference of Jail Superintendents of Jammu based Jails was held here today.

In his address, the Director General of Police Prisons, V.K. Singh appreciated the efforts made by Jail Superintendents for maintaining security and discipline in Jails besides improving the vocational & educational skills of inmates. He informed that focus is being laid on welfare, training and development of prison staff.

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The conference was attended by Satish Khandare, Inspector General of Police, Prisons, other Officers of Prison Directorate besides Jail Officers, Dinesh Sharma, Sr. Superintendent Central Jail Jammu, Mirza Saleem Ahmad, Superintendent District Jail Jammu, Mushtaq Ahmad Malla, Superintendent District Jail Kathua, Harish Kotwal, Superintendent District Jail Udhampur, Rafiq Ahmad, Superintendent District Jail Rajouri, P.K Modi, Superintendent Sub Jail Hiranagar and Rajinder Kumar, Superintendent Sub Jail Reasi.

During the conference presentations were made by the participating Jail Superintendents followed by an open discussion regarding infrastructural requirements, financial & other issues.

The DGP Prisons further highlighted that the Department is improving the interview rooms in Jails by providing cabins & child friendly corners. He informed that the Prisons are soon going to have an inmate calling system which will enable the inmates to call their relatives & advocates. The facility will initially be introduced at Central Jails Srinagar and Kotbhalwal Jammu besides District Jail Jammu. He added that through this system inmates will be able to call two close relatives for 5 minute duration each on select days. The facility will not be available to the prisoners involved in grave offences or misconduct in Jail.

While highlighting the role of recreation in reformation of inmates, the DGP said that recreation facilities are being made available in Jails. Moreover, inmates are being encouraged for participating in cultural and sports activities besides vocational training.

It was informed that a cultural programme shall be organised at the District jail Jammu by the inmates on 2nd October, 2019 evening to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of Nation.