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Aim of the Department

To provide for safe and secure detention of the prisoners with basic minimum facilities in keeping with human dignity.

To provide for reformation and post release rehabilitation of prisoners for ensuring their reintegration with the society by involving them in various vocational, spiritual, recreational, educational activities and counselling so that, after their release from jail, they become useful citizens of society.

It aims to improve the inmates’ self-esteem and strengthen their desire to improve

Brief of the Department

The Prisons Department of Meghalaya has a Directorate headed by the Director General of Prisons who is assisted by Assistant Inspector General of Prisons and Office Superintendent and other staff.

At present, there are 5 (five) District Jails in Meghalaya located at Shillong, Tura, Jowai, Nongpoh and Williamnagar. One new District Jail in West Khasi Hills District at Nongstoin is under construction. The District Jails function under the supervision of jail Superintendents who are assisted by Jailors, Asstt. Jailors, Head Warders, Warders, Havildars, Naiks and other Jail staff to ensure proper and smooth functioning of the Jails.