The Prisons Act, 1894

( ACT NO. IX OF 1894 )

1♣An Act to amend the law relating to Prisons

WHEREAS it is expedient to amend the Law relating to prisons in Bangladesh, and to provide rules for the regulation of such prisons; It is hereby enacted as follows:-



1. Title, extent and commencement

2. [Repealed]

3. Definitions

4. Accommodation for prisoners

5. Inspector General

6. Officers of prisons

7. Temporary accommodation for prisoners


8. Control and duties of officers of prisons

9. Officers not to have business dealings with prisoners

10. Officers not to be interested in prison-contracts


11. Superintendent

12. Records to be kept by Superintendent

Medical Officer

13. Duties of Medical Officer

14. Medical Officer to report in certain cases

15. Report on death of prisoner


16. Jailer

17. Jailer to give notice of death of prisoner

18. Responsibility of Jailer

19. Jailer to be present at night

20. Powers of Deputy and Assistant Jailers

Subordinate Officers

21. Duties of gate-keeper

22. Subordinate officers not to be absent without leave

23. Convict Officers

24. Prisoners to be examined on admission

25. Effects of prisoners

26. Removal and discharge of prisoners

27. Separation of prisoners

28. Association and segregation of prisoners

29. Solitary confinement

30. Prisoners under sentence of death

31. Maintenance of certain prisoners from private sources

32. Restriction on transfer of food and clothing between certain prisoners

33. Supply of clothing and bedding to civil and unconvicted criminal prisoners

34. Employment of civil prisoners

35. Employment of criminal prisoners

36. Employment of criminal prisoners sentenced to simple imprisonment

37. Sick prisoners

38. Record of directions of Medical Officers

39. Hospital

40. Visits to civil and unconvicted criminal prisoners

41. Search of visitors

42. Penalty for introduction or removal of prohibited articles into or from prison and communication with prisoners

43. Power to arrest for offence under section 42

44. Publication of penalties

45. Prison-offences

46. Punishment of such offences

47. Plurality of punishments under section 46

48. Award of punishments under sections 46 and 47

49. Punishments to be in accordance with foregoing sections

50. Medical Officer to certify to fitness of prisoner for punishment

51. Entries in punishment-book

52. Procedure on committal of heinous offence

53. Whipping

54. Offences by prison subordinates

55. Extramural custody, control and employment of prisoners

56. Confinement in irons

57. Confinement of prisoners under sentence of transportation in irons

58. Prisoners not to be ironed by Jailer except under necessity

59. Power to make rules

60. [Repealed]

61. Exhibition of copies of rules

62. Exercise of powers of Superintendent and Medical Officer