Citizen Charter

Prison Institutions

Uttar Pradesh Prisons Department has one Model Jail, 5 Central Jails, 60 District Jails, 2 Sub Jails, one Kishor Sadan in Bareilly and Nari Bandi Niketan at Lucknow. Overall there are total 70 prisons working in the state. Except Naini Central Jail rest of the central jails, Model Jail of Lucknow, Nari Bandi Niketan and Kishor Sadan, Bareilly, are only for such inmates who are proven guilty and awarded punishment. Naini Central Jail and all the district jails and sub jails have the facility to accommodate undertrials also along with convicts.

Facilities for inmates

The inmates are entitled to facilities of food, medical assistance, clothes, bed, clean and hygienic environment, meeting with family members as per rules, observing fast to the extent possible, legal assistance, pursuit of religious beliefs, writing petitions and letters, moral teaching, exercise, studies, religious and spiritual literature. Besides, all inmates entitled to remuneration on the basis of unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled categories, relevant assistance to file appeal to courts in case of judgments not in their favour and legal aid to undertrials.

Detention of inmates in prison

All prisoners are detained in prison according to any writ, warrant or specific order. Convicted prisoners can be given entry inside prison at any given time, but undertrial prisoners are not allowed in prisons after when the prison is closed unless permission is given by a competent legal authority. When inmates enter inside prison their medical check-up is conducted by a medical officer to assess his physical and mental well-being, and the classification of their labour capability is recorded in case of their being awarded rigorous imprisonment.

Prohibited objects inside prison

Under sub-section 13 of section 59 of Jail Rules 1894, the State Government has the right to prohibit the entry of certain objects inside jails. Under this, drugs/narcotics, intoxicating items, arms-ammunitions and explosives materials, mobile phones, wireless sets etc. metal, cash money and expensive items like jewelry or other ornaments, strong and fermented alcoholic beverage, smoking with pipe or cigarettes, explosive and poisonous substances, material to create fire or nuisance, pen nibs, small arms, rope, ladder, sticks, any type of tools or any such other objects which could help in escape, However, the prohibition of arms and ammunitions shall not be applicable on the guards of ministers, state ministers, deputy ministers and parliament secretaries’ visit or inspection of prisons.

Parole and Remission

For better conduct and for every completion of given task by prison authority, every inmate is given three days’ remission in a month and other three days for the completion of work. According to jail manual jail superintendent can give remission of three days while director general can give six days’ remission to inmates.

Except to those convicted of murder and dacoity, parole of maximum of one month can be sanctioned to other convicted inmates by District Magistrate for meeting their dependent parents or death of parents or close relatives, marriage of son or daughter, agricultural work, house repair etc. Beside this the Divisional Commissioner can also extend by 16 days the parole granted by the DM, and the Commissioner can also grant parole up to one month. Any parole beyond this duration may be sanctioned by the government.

For release of inmates before due time, sanction is granted on mercy petition as per provisions under Article 161 of Constitution and under Annexure 87 of Jail Manual; for serious illness, old age, organ failure under Annexure 195, 196, 197 of Jail Manual; for 14-year Nominal Roll under Annexure 198; on recommendation of Revision Board under Annexure 233, 250, and provisions of U.P. Prisons Release on Probation Act, 1938 under Annexure 251, 270 of Jail Manual.

System of meeting inmates

There are provisions of safe and secure meeting of inmates with their family members, friends, relatives, legal advisors/advocates as per following:

  1. The provision for such meeting is available daily except Saturday and prison holidays.
  2. Undertrial inmates are entitled every day to meeting a maximum of three adult visitors for 30 minutes.there is provision of undertrials meeting family members, friends and relatives once in a week. Meeting with undertrials is permitted only on a written application. The application must mention the applicant’s name, local and permanent address, relationship with inmate and purpose of meeting.
  3. There is a provision of detailed search of inmates before and after every meeting.
  4. The meeting rules and list of prohibited objects is displayed on notice board on the main gate of the jail.
  5. 5. Every convicted inmate can meet his relatives and friends once in a month and can also write a letter once in a month. He can also receive one letter from his relatives and friend once a month. Inmate can interchange the meeting and letter writing exercise.
  6. 6. During meeting with inmates none of the prohibited objects can be exchanged. Besides, no exchange of ideas will allowed which have adverse effect on prison administration.

Prisoner uniforms

There are provisions of providing jail uniform, rugs, blankets etc to convicted inmates in accordance with Jail Manual. Inmates have to wash and clean their clothes for which they are provided soap/detergent cake every week. Undertrial inmates can wear their own clothes, but undertrial inmates who fall under the homeless category have to wear clothes given to them by prison administration.

Arrangement of food

In prisons food is cooked on LPG based gas stoves. According to Jail Manual and the directions given to prison administration from time to time the food for inmates is cooked and served. Every inmate can avail a cup of tea once a day. Hindu or Muslim inmates can get fruits and other special food items during their fasts and rozas. On national holidays like Independence Day, Republic Day, Gandhi Jayanti and festivals like Deepawali, Holi, Raksha Bandhan, Eid, Bakrid and Christmas inmates get special food items. First, third and the last Sunday of every month inmates get poori-halwa and sabzi as special food. There is a system of appointing a ‘Panch’ within inmates of the prison, who can look after the ‘Bhandara’ or store of jail kitchen. Now inmates’ brass utensils are replaced by stainless steel plates and mugs.

Medical facility for inmates

  1. Every prison has hospital with a capacity of 20 to 30 beds. In these prison hospitals medical superintendent and medical officer along with one or two pharmacists are deputed.
  2. Beside above mentioned professionals prisons also have para medical staff. Some prisons now have facility of X-ray technicians, lab attendant and lab technicians also.
  3. There is a separate dispensary for women inmates in Nari Bandi Niketan, Lucknow. There are women medical officer and nurses to look after their medical needs.
  4. Arrangement of medical check-up and special treatment is provided in every prison under the supervision of team of specialists from the medical department on selected days every month. For the treatment of TB patients the facility is arranged by district TB centers.
  5. In case of serious illness and critical care there is a provision for referring such inmates to district hospitals or local medical colleges.
  6. Almost every prison has ambulance facility.
  7. In association with the State AIDS Control Society, AIDS control projects programs under the name of JAI have been launched in district jails of Lucknow, Kanpur, Barabanki, Faizabad, Varanasi, Kheri, Unnao, Meerut and Agra.

Welfare programs for inmates

Every prison inmate is provided with History Ticket, in which each and every detail of the particular inmate is mentioned. Every Monday a parade is organized by the superintendent so the inmate can speaks about their problems.

With the help of different voluntary organizations most of prisons are conducting Yoga, meditation, religious discourses along with sports and cultural activities. A public address system is installed in every prison through which every morning and evening inmates can enjoy all religion bhajan-kirtan. Messages and discourses are also broadcast from time to time.

Keeping in mind the convenience of the inmates a decision has been taken recently to install fan in all barracks to be constructed now. Keeping this in mind every old barrack has been provided with ceiling fan and fans are being provided in rest of the barracks. Every prison has canteen facility from which inmates can purchase Rs 600 worth of daily use material.

Facility for entertainment and studies

For knowledge enhancement, entertainment and socializing purpose a TV set is installed in barracks of all the State jails. Beside this every prison has also provided with one set of BCC and public communication devices.

Women prisons along with women/juvenile premises of every prison are equipped with color TV sets. Sports facilities are also arranged for the inmates.

Library in every jail

A library is functional in every jail which contain sufficient number of books of different kinds for the use of inmates. These include literary, religious and spiritual books and four sets of Ramcharitmanas, Bhagavad Gita, Quran and Bible. To maintain the sanctity of these religious books proper place is also allocated. Beside this daily news papers are also provided to each prison library.

Education facility

To make every illiterate inmate at least literate a unique project ‘Naya Savera Yojna’ is running in all the prisons of the state. The inmates who successfully pass this scheme are granted 15 days’ remission of punishment by Director General. Beside, special campaigns for spreading literacy among inmates are also conducted with the help of some NGOs.

Protection of inmates Human rights

The system of putting handcuffs and chains as punishment for inmates in jails and shackles on the legs of inmates working on agricultural farms has been stopped. For protecting human rights of inmates and monitoring of cases pending in National Human Rights Commission, the state government has set up a Human Rights Cell at the head office level. The notices served by National Human Rights Commission in case of death and general complaints of inmates an enquiry is conducted on priority basis.

Maintenance of Inmates bank accounts

The inmates are paid remuneration of Rs 40/-, Rs 30/- and Rs 25/- per day for skilled, semi skilled and unskilled labor. The Government also revises these rates from time to time. There is a system of putting the money earned by the inmates in bank accounts opened in the name of Senior Superintendent/Superintendent, and entering the figures in the ledgers. There is also a system of Attendance Register, ledger entry of remuneration earned, and maintenance of passbooks.

Environment improvement in jails

Keeping in mind the importance of environment conservation and protection, tree plantation is under way in all prisons of the state. To curb the use of polythene and to spread the message regarding the ill-effects of polythene, slogans are written on prison walls. To curb polythene menace and to provide an alternative, making of paper bags has been started in the district jails of Kanpur, Saharanpur and Model Jail, Lucknow in the first phase.

Prison industry and vocational training for inmates

For the successful social rehabilitation of prison inmates some vocational training programs are under way in different prisons. Keeping in mind the requirement of prisons such industries are being run central jails of Agra, Bareilly, Fatehgarh, Naini and Varanasi, Model Jail, Lucknow, and district jail, Unnao. Main industries are weaving, soap and phenyl making, shoes and slipper making, blankets, rugs and garments, wood work, iron industry, stitching of uniforms of prison guards (Bandi Rakshak), enamel paints, carpets, brassware, tobacco coloring, printing, making of niwar, chik, power looms, recycling of paper, printing press, stole making, bags, bed sheets, sewing, weaving, embroidery work, loom carpets, fruit preservation, spice grinding etc. The items produced by the inmates are largely consumed by prisons itself as they are for daily usage. The rest are put on sale through Lucknow Jail depot. Tents produced by the inmates of Fatehgarh central jail are also supplied to state police and forest department and to other states. Stitching uniform for prison guards and jail inmates is done in all central jails and in Unnao district jail. From time to time different vocational training programs are conducted in these prisons under many schemes.

Facilities for women inmates

The availability of sanitary napkins for women inmates has been ensured in all prisons. The women inmates are managing their food arrangement in a phased manner. In compliance with Jail Manual women inmates can also keep their children below six years of age. Creche is provided in ten jails in the state. Besides, arrangement for children of inmates of Nari Bandi Niketan, Lucknow to study in local public schools is also being made. Women inmates are also getting vocational training in fruit preservation, sewing, embroidery work, crochet work, pickles and chutney making.

Yoga, meditation camps, hawan yagya etc are organized from time to time. In addition, camps for medical check-up and treatment, eye test and treatment, polio camp and immunization camps for their children are also organized. Voluntary organizations organize distribution of woolen shawls to women inmates and woolen clothes, socks and shoes for their children. Arrangements have been made to provide health related information, and awareness about AIDS and other serious ailments every Monday by a voluntary organization.

Different voluntary organizations also organize literacy camps and women teachers impart literacy to every illiterate woman inmate.

Complaint/petition box

The directions and regulations for meeting the inmates and a list of prohibited articles is displayed outside the main gate of every prison. A box is also placed in the name of Director General Prisons, District Judge and District Magistrate for petition or public complaint. These complaints and petitions are resolved in due course of time.

Designated officers for public relations and their contact numbers

A list of officials for any information/ complaint related to prison administration is given under Office Order No 35 dated 20-09-2005.