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Minister Chedumbrum launches e-Prison Project

Date: May 23, 2014
Domain:Judiciary; Law and Order
Persona: Citizen; Government
 

GIS - 23 May, 2014: The e-Prison system which aims to create a centralised database of all prisoners’ records including conviction and medical details was launched yesterday at the Beau Bassin prison by the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Mr Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, in the presence of the Senior Chief Executive of the Prime Minister’s Office, Mrs K.O Fong Weng-Poorun, the Commissioner of Prisons, Mr Jean Bruneau, and the Deputy Director General of the National Informatics Centre in India, Mr Rajiv Prakash Saxena.
 
The system, which will be implemented at the Mauritius Prison Service, will have the following features: biometric authentication of each prisoner, computation of sentence, controlled registration of inmates and a centralised query based system for prisoners. Besides keeping a track of earnings paid to detainees, the system will monitor prisoners on Parole and will generate Management Information System reports.
 
In his address at the launching ceremony, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Mr Chedumbrum, recalled that the e-prison project is materialising as a result of the excellent collaboration existing between the Government of India and the Government of Mauritius.  He said that we are living in an era where digitalisation of services is a must, while adding that it is Government’s duty to innovate and position Mauritius as a smart island with all facilities.
 
According to the Minister, ICT which is a key tool for service delivery and efficiency, is an important element of the overall strategy for service quality and business improvement in the Mauritius Prison Service. He added that the computerisation journey started years back by the Government with the vision of making Mauritius a cyber island.
 
He pointed out that prison system should benefit from this innovation, while highlighting that e-Prison systems around the world are increasingly viewed as tools that would help turn prisons into places that not only ensure the secure and safe custody of inmates but are also dedicated to the cause of reforming offenders to become law-abiding and socially responsible citizens. 
 
For his part, Mr Bruneau said that the e-prison system aims to better meet targets on detainees’ rehabilitation, while ensuring that rights of detainees are respected in a safe and secure environment. He recalled that the e-prison system is in line with Government’s strategy which underlines that the adoption of ICT is a necessity to keep pace with advances in a fast moving and competitive era in which we operate.
 
Collaboration between Mauritius and India
 
The implementation of the system is a result of the contract which was signed in October 2012 at the Prime Minister’s Office between the National Informatics Centre Services Inc (NICSI) in New Delhi, India, and Mauritius Prisons Service for the customisation of a Prison System.
 
In this connection, a six blade server was procured to install the e-Prison System and a New Computer Network Infrastructure has been put in place at Beau Bassin Prison connecting Central Prison, New Wing Prison, Women Prison, Prison Headquarters and different Sections/Units within the area. 
 
Moreover, the e-Prison system will be accessible at the Eastern High Security Prison through a modern computer LAN already operational thereat. The services of State Informatics Limited have been contracted for the setting up of a computer LAN at the other sub-Prisons for them to access the e-Prison System.  The Server Room has also been renovated. 
 
In relation to the above project, a four-Member delegation headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Prisons attended a ten-day hands-on-training at the headquarters of NICSI in New Delhi, India.
 
Features of the e-Prison System
 
This e-Prison System is a web based system with the capacity of generating up to 65 reports automatically.  The software is equipped with 33 different modules covering the entire day-to-day process of the Maurtius Prison Service.  The system provides for an interlink network with other Ministries/departments like the Police, Judiciary, Prime Minister’s Office and Social Security Office.
 
Some important components of the system are: Prisoner Induction System, Court Management System, Sentence Management System, Gate Management System, Rehabilitation Module, Detainee Personal, Visitor Management System, Transport Management Information System, e-Hospital for Hospital, and Police Information System.
 
The system has the following features: it helps maintain a comprehensive database of detainees, better operational efficiency, better level of efficiency in services, better interaction with external world to ensure detainees’ integration in society is smooth, and facilitate decision-making and better communication, amongst others.
 
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@mail.gov.mu Website: http://gis.gov.mu
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