Security of Jails in India - Root Causes

Below are the key issues outlined by you in regards to security of jails in India. Kindly review and help outline key root causes for these issues. Once these root causes are known we will have a separate discussion on solutions. We look forward to your inputs!

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Security of Jails in India - Key Issues

1. Inmates have easy access to mobile phones
2. Outsiders are allowed to meet the inmates during meeting hours
3. CCTV cameras in most of the jails do not work
4. Many jails are understaffed with respect to the security staff
5. Security staff takes bribes from the inmates to smuggle stuff inside
6. Metal detectors inside the jail do not work
7. Shifts changes do not happen smoothly leaving security concerns
8. Inmates can choose cells/partners by paying off the security guards
9. Security personnel meant for the jail are assigned to the homes of senior officers to help them
10. The ratio of jail staff including the officers versus prisoners are always inadequate
11. Staffs do not carry weapons while mingling with prisoners and routinely. They carry lathis
12. Only the staff who are guarding on watch tower and gates carry outdated 303 bolt action rifles
13. Some prisoners enjoy all comforts in the jail as they have money to spend
14. The hard core prisoners form gangs to oppress ordinary one and get their menial jobs done
15. In some jails, jail staff takes money for not beating up prisoners
16. Sexual offences take place even inside the jail and the staff knows about it. more  

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Hi all and Deepak Seth,Political and Govt officials corruption is highlighted as one of the causes for threat to security of jails.To reduce corruption in the country why not we work for 2 term model of governance where PM or CMs are restricted only to terms as in US or other civilised countries. more  
Further,I would like to add: 1. Inmates have easy access to mobile phones :a]Confiscate mobile,and,have a marked area,where mobile signals will work. 2. Outsiders are allowed to meet the inmates during meeting hours : Jail inmates should be allowed to meet their friends and relatives at a designated time.We should treat them as Human Being,though they have been punished.Punishment is a process,and,we should not suppress their emotions,rather give them the chance to have a better behaviour. 3. CCTV cameras in most of the jails do not work :Process of purchase of CCTV is faulty:it is not a transparent system.The suppliers are not selected on the basis of quality,again address the corruption in the process. 4. Many jails are understaffed with respect to the security staff :Have enough number of staff. 5. Security staff takes bribes from the inmates to smuggle stuff inside ;Improve the Police and staff in respect of their wellbeing. 6. Metal detectors inside the jail do not work ;Quality and tendering and corruption issue. 7. Shifts changes do not happen smoothly leaving security concerns ;Follow Jail Hand book 8. Inmates can choose cells/partners by paying off the security guards:refer Jail Handbook 9. Security personnel meant for the jail are assigned to the homes of senior officers to help them ;Address corruption mindset of officers 10. The ratio of jail staff including the officers versus prisoners are always inadequate;Proper recruitment more  
Basically the procedure has to be made stringent so that in case of any violation, the authority is accountable and such authority has to be dealt with sternly. more  
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