Jail to go ahead with bio­met­ric en­try

The sys­tem for in­mates’ rel­a­tives will be im­ple­mented full- fledged at Taloja jail from next month

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The bio­met­ric en­try for rel­a­tives of the in­mates which was in­tro­duced at Taloja jail on trial ba­sis in Oc­to­ber last year ap­pears to be suc­cess.

There will be full- fledged im­ple­men­ta­tion of the sys­tem from next month, said a se­nior of­fi­cer from jail.

A bio­met­ric sys­tem is a tech­no­log­i­cal sys­tem that uses in­for­ma­tion about a per­son (or other bi­o­log­i­cal or­gan­ism) to iden­tify that per­son. Bio­met­ric sys­tems rely on spe­cific data about unique bi­o­log­i­cal traits to work ef­fec­tively.

In the sys­tem, a fam­ily mem­ber of an in­mate has to show doc­u­ments to prove his iden­tity in the first visit. The jail au­thor­ity takes his thumb im­pres­sion and feeds it into the sys­tem.

In the next visit, the sys­tem matches his thumb im­pres­sion with the pre­vi­ous one and only then is he al­lowed to meet the in­mate. The fam­ily mem­bers do not have to keep show­ing the doc­u­ments. It will curb the men­ace of meet­ing in­mates with fake doc­u­ments, the of­fi­cials said.

“This sys­tem was in­stalled in Oc­to­ber last year to beef up the se­cu­rity and pre­vent il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties inside the jail. We started the sys­tem on a trial ba­sis. How­ever, it has ap­peared to be help­ful. There­fore, we have de­cided to im­ple­ment it full- fledged from next month,” said an of­fi­cial from the jail.

“We al­low only fam­ily mem­bers of pris­on­ers to meet them in the jail. The fam­ily can meet an un­der­trial pris­oner once a week and they can meet a con­vict twice a month,” he added.

The jail has a tem­po­rary shed where the fam­ily mem­bers wait to meet the in­mates.

The jail au­thor­i­ties have writ­ten to the pub­lic work depart­ment (PWD) to con­struct a wait- ing room with all ba­sic ameni­ties for the peo­ple.

The Taloja jail can ac­com­mo­date a to­tal of 2,124 in­mates.

Of the 1,800 in­mates lodged here, around 60% of them are from the places like Mum­bai, Thane, Kalyan, Dom­bivli among oth­ers.

Sev­eral mem­bers of t he un­der­world gangs such as Ch­hota Ra­jan, Ravi Pu­jari and Bharat Nepali gang have been kept in the jail.

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