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    • Recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has advised the States to update the ‘ePrisons’ and ‘Interoperable Criminal Justice System’ databases.

    E-Prisons Project

    • About
      • It aims at computerization of the functioning of prisons in the country.
      • It is a cloud-based product designed with easy to use GUI and embedded with comprehensive security features.
      • It is developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC), Ministry of Electronics & IT
      • It has been operationalised in all States and Union Territories.
    • Purpose
      • The e-Prisons uses data maintained by the States and Union Territories on the National Prisons Information Portal as per protocols notified for e-Prisons.
        • The system can be accessed through the secure National Informatics Centre (NIC) network, exclusively by the authorized officials of Law Enforcement Agencies and Prisons, through Inter-operable Criminal Justice System (ICJS).
      • It provides vital information about the inmates, lodged in the prisons, in a real-time environment to the prison officials and other entities involved in the Criminal Justice System.
      • It also facilitates online visit requests and grievance redressal.

     National Prisons Information Portal 

    • It is a citizen-centric portal showing statistical data of various prisons in the country.
    • Visitors can book their visit request to meet their ward inside the prison through this portal
    • Grievances with respect to their wards inside the prisons can also be submitted through the portal.
    • It also provides inmate tracking facilities in a secured way to various investigating agencies.
    • Kara Bazaar: Portal for showcasing and selling the products manufactured in various prisons of the country by inmates.
      • Necessary platform required for onboarding for all the state prison departments is in place.

    Source: TH