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Uttarakhand Prisons Department came into existence on 9 November, 2000 after the re-organization of States. Initially the Prisons Department consisted of only few Central Jails, District Jails and Sub Jails.

The jails in Uttarakhand are classified as follows :-

-          Central prisons;

-          District jails;

-          Sub jails.

1-      Central prisons have accommodation ordinarily for more than 1000 prisoners. There are one central jail in udham singh nagar, sitarganj.

2-      There are seven district jails.

3-      There are two sub jails.