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1. What is the vision of the Prisons Department?

arrow To provide for the safe and secure detention of the prisoners committed to Prison custody.
arrow To provide for the reformation and rehabilitation of prisoners.
arrow To provide for Basic Minimum facilities to prisoners to maintain human dignity.

2. What is the Mission of Prisons Department?

arrow To provide minimum standard of living/treatment to the prisoners remanded to judicial custody and at the same time to reform /rehabilitate them by involving them in various vocational, spiritual, educational activities so that they become useful citizen of the country after their release.

3. What is the organization set up of Prisons Department?

arrow The Director General of Prisons, Delhi is the Head of the Prison Department and is assisted by Addl.I.G.(P) and Deputy Inspector General of Prisons. A Jail Superintendent heads each jails and Deputy Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Head Warders and Warders assist him.
arrow The custodial duties of the prisoners are performed by the Jail Staff where as the external security, Patrolling, search etc. are taken care by Tamil Nadu Special Police, ITBP and Central Reserve Police Force.
arrow A Battalion of Delhi Armed Police handles the escorting of the prisoners to the courts/hospitals etc.
arrow A Resident Medical Officer heads the Medical Administration of all Jails. Senior Medical Officers head the Medical administration of each jail assisted by Medical Officers and other para-medical staff.
















4. What is the Postal address of the main office, attached/subordinate office/ field units etc.?

arrow Office of the Director General of Prisons, Prisons Headquarters, Near Lajwanti Garden Chowk. Tihar, New Delhi-110064.
arrow Office of Superintendent, Central Jail No.1,2,3,4,5,6,7 & 8 Tihar, New Delhi-110064.
arrow Office of Superintendent, District Jail, Sector-16, Rohini, Delhi-110085.

5. What are the working hours for office and public ?

arrow Working hours in PHQ
arrow 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. – Monday to Friday

Working hours for Mulakat with Prisoners 
arrow 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. (Mulakat with their family members or friends on any two working days of a week as per convenience of the family members of  the Prisoners)
arrow 3.30 PM to 5.30 PM (Mulakat with Advocate/counsels & Embassy officials).
arrow No public meeting on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays

6. What type of services are being provided?

arrow Safe detention and release of prisoners;
arrow Wholesome and hygienic food to prisoners,

Arranging interviews of prisoners with their relatives/friends;

arrow Visitor management system/tele-booking of interviews
arrow Education, spiritual, vocational and recreational activities for the prisoners in association with reputed NGOs;
arrow Specialty and super specialty medical care to prisoners lodged in jails,
arrow Creche facilities to the children staying with female prisoners,
arrow Free Legal Aid to Prisoners
arrow Holding of Special Courts for the confessing undertrials in petty offences
arrow Video Conferencing between courts and jails for extension of judicial remand.

7. What is the Mechanism for redressal of grievances ?

arrow General Public can meet concerned jail Supdt., DIG(P) and DG(Prisons) in connection with any of their grievances on all working days
arrow DG (Prisons) petition box is circulated in all jails through the Petitions officer for speedy redressal.
arrow DIG(P) is the Vigilance officer – all complaints can be addressed to DG/DIG.
arrow Sampark Sabha by DG and Superintendents
arrow Panchayats of prisoners in each jail by Supdt Jail and Mahapanchayat with DG (Prisons).
arrow Visit of official and non-official visitors.
arrow Monthly visit by designated Addl. Sessions Judges who have their own petition boxes also.
arrow Fortnight visits by District Magistrates/Addl. District Magistrates.
arrow Grievance Redressal Committee U/S 57 of the Delhi Prisons Act, 2000 has been constituted in each jail – Appeal lies to DIG (P)
arrow Petitions to trial courts – prisoners can petition about their grievances.

8. How Right to Information Act is implemented in Delhi Prisons?

For Right to Information Act, 2005 each Jail Supdt. is Public Information Officer for the concerned Jail and Dy. Inspector General (prisons) is Public Information Officer for Prisons Head Quarters. The 1st Appellant Authority is the Director General (Prisons) for all Public Information Officer’s. 

All the Deputy Superintendents are Assistant PIO of their respective jails and Law officer is the Assistant PIO for Prison Headquarters.

9.What are the benefits to the under trial prisoners under 436A Cr.P.C.?

arrow Maximum period for which an undertrial prisoner can be detained. Where a person has, during the period of investigation, inquiry or trial under this Code of an offence under any law (not being an offence for which the punishment of death has been specified as one of the punishments under that law) undergone detention for a period extending up to one-half of the maximum period of imprisonment specified for that offence under that law, he shall be released by the Court on his personal bond with or without sureties:

Provided that the Court may, after hearing the Public Prosecutor and for reasons to be recorded by it in writing, order the continued detention of such person for a period longer than one-half of the said period or release him on bail instead of the personal bond with or without sureties:

Provided further that no such person shall in any case be detained during the period of investigation inquiry or trial for more than the maximum period of imprisonment provided for the said offence under that law.

Explanation.- In computing the period of detention under this section for granting bail the period of detention passed due to delay in proceeding caused by the accused shall be excluded.

In writ petition Civil No.406 of 2013 vide its order dated 24.04.2015, Hon’ble Supreme Court has held as follows:

In our opinion, while this may be the requirement of section 436A of code, it will be appropriate if in a case of multiple offences, a review is conducted after half the sentences of the lesser offence is completed by the undertrial prisoner.  It is not necessary or compulsory that an UTP must retain in custody for at least half the period of his maximum sentence only because the trial has not been completed in time.

10.What is Under Trial Review Committee?

arrow There is under trial review committee in each District of Delhi which is headed by a District Judge.

11.What is the function of Under Trial Review Committee?

arrow The Committee shall review the cases of under trial prisoners who have completed more than one-fourth of  the maximum sentence.

12.Who shall prepare the list of under trial prisoners who have completed more than one-fourth of the maximum sentence?

arrow The concerned Jail Superintendents shall prepare the list and send the same for review by the Committee every three month. The prepared list shall be uploaded by the concerned Jail Superintendent on the prison website.

13.What are the sources of the information about the benefits of the 436A Cr.PC for the under trial prisoners?

arrow It is the duty of Jail Superintendent to educate the under trial prisoners about their right to get bail under the provision of 436A Cr.PC. and the panel of Delhi State Legal Services Authority shall also educate the inmates about release on bail and reduction of bail surety amount.

14. What is the Official & Community Participation in jails?

arrow Visit of Judges of Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court
arrow Visit of Deputy Commissioners.
arrow Visit of Additional Session Judges.
arrow Visit of Board of Visitors.
arrow Reformation activities by various NGO’s.
arrow Visit of Members of Parliament/Member of Legislative Assembly
arrow Visit of DG/IG (Prisons) of various States.
arrow Visit of Senior Government Officers From Center and Delhi State Government.
arrow Visit of Members of National and Delhi Commission for women.
arrow Visit of members from Visual and Print Media
arrow Visit of ICRC team
arrow Visit of UNDP team
arrow Holding of Consular access for the Pakistani prisoners in the presence of Senior Pakistani Embassy officials.

15. What is the Jail Wise Lodging and the days fixed for Mulakat?


Jail No.1:

All Prisoners who are facing trail in TIS HAZARI Courts whose name startswith  'M' to 'Z' except alphabet 'V' & 'W'.& Dwarka Court M to U and Except V & W.  
Jail No.2:  All Convicts of A to Z Only life impressments
Jail No.3: 

 All Prisoner who are facing trail in TIS HAZARI Courts whose name starts with 'A' to 'L', 'V' & 'W' and sick Prisoners of all Prisons admitted in the Jail and Hospital & Dwarka Court A to L and V & W Rohini Courts A to Z.

Jail No.4:  All Prisoner who are facing trail in  Patiala House Court Prisoners A to Z
Jail No.5:  All convicts of A to Z only under ten years impressments.
Jail No.6:  All Female Prisoners/Convicts/Under trails.
Jail No.7:  All adolescent prisoners group 18-20 years.
Jail No.8/9:  All Prisoners who are facing trail in KARKARDOOMA Courts & SHAHADARA Courts, A to Z  and All Prisoners arrested under various provisions  of Code Criminal Procedure 107-151, 109GRP-110 GRP.
Rohini:  All under trails of the Rohini Courts A to Z except S


9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. (Mulakat with their family members or friends on any two working days of a week as per convenience of the family members of  the Prisoners except on Saturdays-Sundays & Gazetted Holidays)


Tele-booking Number 28520202 for Central Jail No. 1 to 9 and 27291501 / 27857367, 68, 69, 70 for District Jail Rohini.




E-Mail Address

Phone No./Mobile No.

Director General of Prisons dgtihar@nic.in 28520001
Deputy Inspector General of Prisons dig-tihar@nic.in 28520398
Superintendent PHQ tihar@nic.in 28520049
Superintendent Jail No.1 scj1-tihar@nic.in 28520056 
Superintendent Jail No.2 scj2-tihar@nic.in 28522120
Superintendent Jail No.3 scj3-tihar@nic.in 28522460
Superintendent Jail No.4  scj4-tihar@nic.in 28522446
Superintendent Jail No.5 scj5-tihar@nic.in 28522079
Superintendent Jail No.6 scj6-tihar@nic.in 28522506
Superintendent Jail No.7 scj7-tihar@nic.in 28520695
Superintendent Jail No.8&9 scj8-tihar@nic.in 28520719
Superintendent District Jail Rohini sdjr-tihar@nic.in 27857294
Control Room (Central Jail Tihar)  

28520012/ 28520455/ 28520684


Control Room (Rohini)  

27857369/ 27857370

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