Over 21,000 Prisoners Utilize E-Interview Facility in Maharashtra

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Mubarak Ansari

Pune, 3rd April 2024: The innovative ‘e-Mulakhat’ initiative, introduced by the Prisons Department as part of the ‘e-Prisons’ system, has witnessed widespread adoption among inmates across Maharashtra. Approximately 21,963 male and female prisoners have availed themselves of this digital facility, allowing them to connect with their families seamlessly.

From January 1 to March 31, several correctional facilities across the state facilitated e-interviews for inmates, including Taloja Central Jail (3,478 interviews), Thane Central Jail (3,438 interviews), Nagpur Central Jail (3,425 interviews), Mumbai Central Jail (1,797 interviews), Nashik Road Central Jail (1,559 interviews), Kalyan District Jail (1,442 interviews), Yerawada Central Jail (1,228 interviews), along with inmates from other correctional facilities.

Initiated under the leadership of Additional Director General of Police and Inspector General of Prisons and Correctional Services, Amitabh Gupta, the ‘e-Mulakhat’ system efficiently manages day-to-day prison operations and facilitates communication between inmates and their families. Information boards have been prominently displayed at prison entrances and other locations frequented by visitors to raise awareness about this pioneering initiative.

The ‘e-Prisons’ system allows family members, relatives, and legal representatives to pre-register for e-interviews, enabling them to schedule interviews with prisoners at their convenience. This digital platform not only streamlines the interview process but also eliminates the need for physical visits, thereby reducing logistical challenges and expenses for families.

The e-interview facility has garnered significant praise from the relatives of inmates, who appreciate the convenience and cost-effectiveness it offers. However, it’s important to note that individuals classified as terrorists or Pakistani detainees have been excluded from accessing this facility due to security concerns. Despite this limitation, the initiative has benefited over 600 foreign convicts incarcerated in Maharashtra, enabling them to maintain vital connections with their families.