Kiosks in Odisha Jails to Provide Information on Case Status

In a bid to ensure hassle-free update on case statuses, the Directorate of Prison and Correctional Services has decided to set up kiosks that will help prisoners know about their case position and bail applications. This facility will be implemented in prisons across Odisha. Currently, the kiosks are functional in 16 jails in the state.

The kiosks are self-operating machines which were installed in nine district jails, four circle jails, two special jails and one female jail in the state in the last three months. These facilities equipped with computers and internet connection have been successful in making case studies easy.

Santosh Kumar Upadhyay, the Director General of Prisons and Director Correctional Services, had explained that the Odisha Model Jail Manual-2020 emphasizes reforms, technology and security, and the kiosks were installed to ensure that the legal rights of the prisoners are fulfilled.

“The facility will help the inmates to know about their case status and bail applications in the Supreme Court and Orissa High Court. The kiosks have staff to assist the inmates and share the information with them after collecting the data online,” he said.

Additionally, the home department has allowed the restoration of mulakat (one-to-one-interaction between visitors and inmates) facility in all jails in adherence to COVID-19 precautions.

The Directorate of Prison had addressed a letter to the Home department asking for its approval to restore the physical mulakat which was discontinued in March 2020 after the coronavirus outbreak. To assure hassle-free communication between the visitors and the inmates, toughened glass windows with 16 pairs of intercoms have been installed at Special Jail Jharpada in Bhubaneswar.

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