Prison Industry :
The following industries were started in prisons, long ago with a view to impart vocational training to the prisoners, in keeping with the Governments policy of reformation and rehabilitation of the prisoners.
- Textiles and weaving industry
- Soap making
- Phenyle making
- Book binding and Hand made paper industry
- Tag making
- Sealing wax making
- Boot making
The articles produced in the above industries are being supplied to the Government departments free of cost, as Prison Department has been declared as a "Service Department" vide G.O.Ms.No.1901, Home(Prison A) Department, dated.20.8.90.
Now the following industries are functioning in the prisons as detailed below:-
||Name of the Prison
||Central Prison -I, Puzhal
||Sealing Wax, Tag Making, Weaving
||Central Prison , Trichy
||Manufacture of Wash well soap, Weaving of Gauze & Bandage cloth and Woollen Blankets, Book Binding and flat file making
||Central Prison , Madurai
||Hand Made Paper, Weaving manufacture of flat files & covers
||Central Prison , Vellore
||Boot making Industries, Weaving of bandage & Gauze cloth, Binding, flat file making
||Central Prison , Salem
||Aluminiuam Industry, Black smithy Industry, Hand Made paper flat file making & binding
||Weaving, Tailoring, Book Binding, Hand Loom Spinning, manufacture of T.C. Cloth, Carpet, Raincoat, Mosquito Net, convict cloth, uniform garment and flat file making
||Weaving (Gauze and Bandage)
||Central Prison, Palayamcottai
||Handmade paper, Weaving of bandage & Gauze Cloth Manufacture of flat file cases and covers
||Special Prison for Women,
||Tape Making, Twisted thread making and Bandage
||Manufacture of Phenyle, Tag making
Prisoners are paid wages at the rates given below:
- Skilled - Rs.
100.00 / Per day
- Semiskilled - Rs.
80.00 / Per day
- Unskilled - Rs.
60.00 / Per day
Out of the wages earned by prisoners 50% deducted for their maintenance of upkeep, 20 % is deducted for the Victim Compensation Fund and 30 % of wages are credited in to the prisoners account.
Training in simple trades :
The object of vocational training to the Prisoners is reformation and rehabilitation and with this object training in various simple trades like plumbing, simple electrical wiring, painting including sign board writing, brick making are conducted and prisoners are awarded with certificates by State Council Vocational Training to enable them to seek employment after their release.
Vocational Training :
Apart from Industrial Training, the prisoners are given training in the following simple trades also by the Government as well as N.G.O.s for their ultimate rehabilitation:
- Tailoring & Embroidery besides Computer training to the prisoners of Special Prison for Women, Puzhal through the prison Fellowship of India.
- Vermicost training - Central Prison, Trichy
- Textile training – Central Prison, Coimbatore
The Non-Governmental organizations are running the following industries in prisons.
|Coir production unit
|Hollow Block Brick-making unit
Central Prison, Madurai
||Central Prison – I Puzhal
|Removing of thread from the Baniyan Waist
||Central Prison, Coimbatore and Special Prison for Women, Puzhal.
||Special Prison for Women, Vellore.