Jammu & Kashmir Prisons Department is presently headed by DGP Shri S.K. Mishra, IPS. The Department under its control has 14 functional Jails out of which 2 are Central Jails, 10 are District Jails and 2 are Sub Jails. There are three Jails under construction.
- District Jail Bhaderwah
- District Jail Pulwama
- District Jail Kargil
Department is also contemplating to have a Jail at Ramban, Kulgam and Bandipora. The proposal for these Jails have been already moved to the Government. The present intake capacity of 14 functional Jail is 3011 while as the present population of the 14 Jails is
2809 as on 01.12.2016
The main focus of the Department is speedy trials of the accused inmates, decongestion of the overcrowded Jails and Reformation and Rehabilitation of prisoners.
For reducing overcrowding in above mentioned Jails the steps are on way by way of creating additional Jails as mentioned earlier. This will not only reduce overcrowding but will also help lodging the prisoners near the trial courts which will reduce delay in trials by non production of the prisoners.
Rehabilitation programmes acquires added importance in view of presence of inmates involved in terrorist and other violent activities. There are various training programmes in the Jails for imparting training to inmates in different skills so that after their release from Jail they are able to adjust themselves honourably in the social setling. In addition, there are various educational programmes going on in J&K Prisons which help inmates to utilize their time and energy, while in Jail, fruitfully in the pursuit of education.
The sports and cultural activities constitute an important aspect for the transformation of the prisoners physical and mental health. Various sports and cultural activities such as Volleyball, Badminton, Chess, Carrom and organization of cultural programmes through various cultural wings of the J&K Government have become part of the Prisons Department programmes.
Department is contemplating to have a Prison reforms on large scale. Various proposals are in pipeline in this regard. The major focus of the Prison Reforms is to have a full-fledged Correctional Services working in the Prisons to focus on Correctional aspects of the inmates. This will go in a long way in changing the face of the old Prison system of the state.
The proposals for constitution of various Committees and non-official visitors is also another aspect to focus on the conditions of inmates in the Prisons and to address their legal problems.
All the Prisons are fortified against any attack or escape. Prisons are equipped with CCTV’s and Intercom System to monitor the activities of the prisoners and communicate with the guard on duty. Metal Detectors are installed in all the Jails to rule out the smuggling of any arms and ammunition or other prohibited articles. This is in addition to manual searches. The Jails of J&K have a strong security system in place and have a very human approach to the problems of the inmates.