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Jammu-Kashmir jails to have inmate-calling system

DGP Singh said that the inmate calling facility would initially be introduced at the Central Jail Srinagar and the Kotbhalwal Jammu besides the District Jail Jammu

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Jammu: Director General of Police, Prisons, VK Singh on Wednesday said the prison inmates are soon going to have an inmate calling system which would enable the prisoners to call their relatives and advocates. However, the inmate calling facility would not be available to the prisoners who are involved in grave offences or misconduct in the jail, DGP VK Singh said addressing a conference of jail superintendents of Jammu based prisons here.

DGP Singh said that the inmate calling facility would initially be introduced at the Central Jail Srinagar and the Kotbhalwal Jammu besides the District Jail Jammu. “Through this system, inmates will be able to call two close relatives for five minute duration each on select days,” the DGP prisons said.

DGP VK Singh said that the department is improving the interview rooms in jails by providing cabins and also child friendly corners. The DGP appreciated the efforts that were made by jail superintendents for maintaining security and discipline in the prisons besides improving the vocational and educational skills of the inmates. “Focus is being laid on welfare, training and development of prison staff,” VK Singh said.

During the conference, presentations were made by the participating jail superintendents which was followed by an open discussion regarding infrastructural necessities, financial requirements and other issues, an official spokesman of the conference said.

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

The jail superintendents’ conference was informed that a cultural programme would be organised at the District Jail Jammu by the inmates on the evening of 2 October to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the spokesman said.

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