Jharkhand to introduce video conferencing for prisoners

February 26th, 2009 - 4:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, Feb 26 (IANS) Prisons in Jharkhand will soon have video conferencing facilities to enable relatives of prisoners to talk to jail inmates from even remote areas.
“As per plan, the relatives of the prisoners would not need to travel from villages to jails to meet the prisoners. They will only need to travel to their respective Pragya Kendras in their blocks to talk to their jailed kin via video conferencing,” a prisons department official said.

“At present 110 of the total 252 blocks are connected through video conferencing facilities. Efforts are on to connect the rest as well. We can start the video conferencing with our present infrastructure,” he added.

“We will also take precautions to ensure that Maoist rebels do not misuse the facilities. We will also not end the physical meeting of prisoners and relatives,” said the official.

Jharkhand has 26 jails, including two central jails. They house nearly 19,000 prisoners, including around 900 Maoist rebels, although the total capacity is 6,000.

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