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Section 3 – The Prison Act,1894

The Prison Act,1894

Section 3. Definitions

In this Act —

(1) “Prison” means any jail or place used permanently or temporality under the general or special orders of a State Government for the detention of prisoners, and includes all lands and buildings appurtenant thereto, but does not include —

(a) Any place for the confinement of prisoners who are exclusively in the custody of the police ;

(b) Any place specially appointed by the State Government under section 541 of the 1Code of Criminal Procedure 1882(10 of 1882); or (c) Any place which has been declared by the State Government, by general or special order, to be a subsidiary jail;

(2) “Criminal prisoner” means any prisoner duly committed to custody under the writ, warrant or order of any Court or authority exercising criminal jurisdiction, or by order of a Court-martial ;

(3) “Convicted criminal prisoner” means any criminal prisoner under sentence of a Court or Court-martial, and includes a person detained in prison under the provisions of Chapter VIII of the 1Code of Criminal Procedure,1882, (10 of 1882) or under the 2Prisoners Act,1871 (5 of 1871) :

(4) “Civil prisoner” means any prisoner who is not a criminal prisoner :

(5) “Remission system” means the rules for the time being in force regulating the award of marks to, and the consequent shortening of, prisoners in Jail :

(6) “History-ticket” means the ticket exhibiting such information as is required in respect of each prisoner by this Act or the rules thereunder:

(7) “Inspector General” means the Inspector General of Prisons:

(8) “Medical Subordinate” means and Assistant Surgeon, Apothecary or qualified Hospital Assistant: and

(9) “Prohibited article” means an article the introduction or removal of which into or out of a prison is prohibited by any rule under this Act.


1. See now the Code of Criminal Procedure,1898 (5 of 1898).

2. See now the Prisoners Act,1900 (3 of 1900).

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