Open Prison system is a remarkable innovation in the realm of Correctional treatment providing an offender with greater freedom with natural surroundings and lesser tension which culminate in creating an atmosphere conducive to reform himself and to achieve social, moral and economic development in the society.

In the year 1965  Open Prison also called as Prisoners Agricultural Colonies  started in Anantapur covering   1,427.57 acres with a capacity of 235 prisons.

Officers in the rank of Superintendent of Jails are holding the post of Superintendents of these prisons. Prisoners who are not involved in heinous offences and are healthy and below 60 years and who have good family relations are selected to work in these prisons. Besides agricultural activities, training in Horticulture, Poultry form, Dairy farm and Sheep rearing is also imparted to the prisoners in these colonies. Prisoners of open prisons are extended liberal facilities in parole and extra remission..
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