Positioned at a distance of 8 km from Chanakya Puri
in New Delhi
, Tihar Jail Complex is the largest prison complex in South East Asia. It is spread over an area of 400 acres. There are eight prisons Central Jails CJ-1 to 8 and one District Jail in Delhi with a sanctioned capacity of 5648 prisoners. At present there are about 13000 prisoners lodged in various prisons. The lodging arrangement in various prisons is according to the Court Cases, and that on the first alphabet of their name. 78% of the prisoners are awaiting their trials in various courts; only 22% population of the prisoners are convicts. In a year about 70,000 to 80,000 prisoners are detained here for different periods.
The factory housed in the jail complex provides training and employ almost 600 convicts at any given time. The products of the jail factory not only meet the consumption requirements of Tihar Jails but are also sold to other Government Departments and in the open market, due to their very good quality and competitive price. Education, cultural activities, vocational activities, moral education and many other reformation activities are organized, which help the prisoners to build their self-confidence.