Tamil Nadu to implement smart cards in jails

After the implementation of �swipe� system, prisoners have to put their fingerprint to access to different places and same can be used to buy soap etc. from the prison shop

Tamil Nadu to implement smart cards in jails

The Tamil Nadu government is considering a plan to implement ‘smart cards’ in its jails to prevent chaos and bouts between prisoners. Ten central jails in TN, including Puzhal, Vellore, Cuddalore, Trichy, Madurai jails and jail for women, are proposed to be linked with smart cards.

Around 15,000 convicts are said to be caged in TN jails for detention, interrogation and terrorist activities.

Out of which, 200 to 300 prisoners would be out on bail and that much number of prisoners might fill in under different cases, said jail authorities.


To ensure security in jails, the government has proposed to implement ‘smart card’ in jails. A jail department officer said the decision was taken under Rule 110 in the assembly. At present Tamil Nadu jails have around 4,500 prisoners, which includes 168 women and over 300 people sentenced under the Goonda Act.

The plan is to provide smart card for all prisoners and 3,500+ prison officers. The smart card will help prevent unauthorised entry of prisoners to other blocks. Any movement here and there should be ‘punched’, which includes entry into library, medical assistance etc.

At present, officers have to go to each block and monitor prisoners. After the implementation of ‘swipe’ system, prisoners have to put their fingerprint to access to different places and same could be used to buy soap etc. from the prison shop.

A request has been submitted by the jail authorities to the government. It is expected to be implemented very soon, said a jail officer.

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