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The Model Jail, Chandigarh is the only Prison in the Union Territory which caters to the needs of Haryana, Punjab & UT Chandigarh, in the event of agitations.The Prisons are also not congested as the prisoners population of 450-500 falls much shorter of the prison capacity of 1000.The prison is well managed and kept very neat and clean proving true to its status of being a Model Jail. The prisoners are very well looked after and food, clothing and other facilities as per scales mentioned in the Punjab Jail Manual. Proper medical facilities are provided in the Jail Dispensary, set up under the charge of Medical Officer assisted by two Pharmacists. Medical specialists,Dental Surgeon and other specialists are deputed for check up of prisoners from General Hospital Sector- 16,GMCH, Sector-32,PGI. On medical advice prisoners are sent to the Government Hospitals for check up and treatment on expenses paid by Government.

A dental unit has also been setup in the Jail Dispensary. Some of the vocational courses were started earlier which are being re-activated in collaboration with Jan Shikshan Sansthan.Two vocational Courses of refrigeration,Air Conditioning and scooter repairing,Tailoring Course for female prisoner are being started. Spiritual Programmes are being organized in the jail such as Lectures by the Brahamkumaris and disciple of Sant Shri Assa Ram Bapu Ji. A course of Art of Living was organized in the Model Jail, Chandigarh by V.V.K.I.PUB. DIVISION, Red Cross Bhawan, Sector- 16-D, Chandigarh.

Prisoners are provided recreational facilities in the jail such as Volley Ball, Badminton, Carrom Board. Table Tennis will also be made available to the prisoners very shortly. Religious Cable T.V. Channels are also shown to the prisoners daily from 4.00 P.M. to 10.00 P.M under the orders of Punjab and Haryana High Court Chandigarh. A Legal Aid Cell has been established in Model Jail, Chandigarh by the State Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh since November, 2001 to provide free legal assistance to needy inmates. The needy inmates are taking benefit of the free legal aid from this Centre. An IGNOU study centre has been established in Model jail Chandigarh for those inmates who wants to improve their educational qualification. This centre was suspended in January 2004 due to Jail Break case but the same has been re- activated in 2006. A library has been set up in Model Jail, Chandigarh since 2001 and all literary, legal and other general books are made available for inmates. Besides this about 30 newspapers are also provided daily to inmates at the cost of the Chandigarh Administration. A small Mandir and Gurudwara are there inside the jail for inmates for paying obeisance to the almighty.
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