Indian Bare Acts


Title : THE PRISONS ACT, 1894

Year : 1894

The State Government shall provide, for the prisoners in the territories under such Government, accommodation in prisons constructed and regulated in such manner as to comply with the requisitions of this Act in respect of the separation of prisoners.

An Inspector General shall be appointed for the territories subject to each State Government, and shall exercise, subject to the orders of the State Government, the general control and superintendence of all prisons situated in the territories under such Government.

For every prison there shall be a Superintendent, a Medical Officer (who may also be the Superintendent), a Medical Subordinate, a Jailer and such other officers as the State Government thinks necessary:

that 1*[the 2*[State Government of Bombay]] may 3[* * *] declare by order in writing that in any prison specified in the order the office of Jailer shall be held by the person appointed to the Superintendent.


1.Substituted by the A.O. 1937 for "the Governor of Bombay in Council".

2. Substituted by the A.O. 1950, for "Provincial Government".

3.The words "with the previous sanction of the Governor General in Council" omitted, by the A.O. 1937.


Whenever it appears to the Inspector General that the number of prisoners in any prison is greater than can conveniently or safely be kept therein, and it is not convenient to transfer the excess number to some other prison,or whenever from the outbreak of epidemic disease within any prison, or for any other reason, it is desirable to provide for the temporary shelter and safe custody of any prisoners,provision shall be made, by such officer and in such manner as the State Government may direct, for the shelter and safe custody in temporary prisons of so many of the prisoners as cannot be conveniently or safely kept in the prison.

Last updated on July, 2016

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