Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
08-December-2010 15:41 IST
3,84,753 Prisoners Lodged in Jails



As per latest statistics published by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the details of number of prisons, authorised capacity and prison population at the end of 2008 is given as under:


Total no. of Jails


Total authorized capacity


Total prison population (undertrial & convicts)


Extent of overcrowding

86,976 (29.2 %)


As per the latest statistics published by NCRB, at the end of 2008, the sanctioned strength of prison staff was 68920 and actual strength 49250.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Home, Shri Ajay Maken in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.