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Prisons Headquarters is situated at Poojappura, Thiruvananthapuram, in the Central Prison, Thiruvananthapuram campus. The Head of the Department of Prisons is designated as Director General of Prisons and Correctional Services and being deputed from the Police Department. He is assisted by Inspector General of Prisons and Deputy Inspector General of Prisons in the Headquarters Office and Deputy Inspector General of Prisons South Zone, Central Zone and North Zone and other ministerial officers. The Deputy Inspector General of Prisons (Headquarters) is designated as the vigilance officer of the Department. Administrative Officer and Finance Officer are being posted on deputation basis in the Prisons Headquarters to advise the department in Administrative and Financial matters respectively.

The Programme Officer is the ministerial head dealing the fund utilization under modernization and other plan heads and the central assistance.

The Chief Welfare Officer is mainly dealing with all the programmes falling under Correctional Services with more emphasis on Welfare of prisoners.

A regional setup is established since 1981 under DIG of Prisons one each of the Southern, Central and Northern Regions respectively at Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur and Kozhikode and they are immediate inspecting and controlling officer of the Sub Jails / Special Sub Jails / Borstal School / Women’s Prison / District Jails / Open Prisons / Central Prisons in the respective Regions.